The Cancer Immunotherapy Research Program develops novel immune therapies for the treatment of cancer. These therapies include cancer vaccines, immune modulatory drugs, and cell-based therapies with state-of-the-art technologies including gene therapy, monoclonal antibodies, and T cell engineering. Current research focuses on patients with pancreatic cancer, melanoma, myeloma and other hematological malignancies.
Cancer immunotherapy is a rapidly moving field as two new drugs have been approved by the FDA since 2010, and the program works to link clinical trial investigation with basic and translational research to push the cutting edge. Physicians from the division of hematology/oncology engaged in clinical and basic research in immunotherapy for cancer patients include success of the program also relies on extensive collaboration with researchers and clinicians based including pathology and laboratory medicine, surgery, gynecological oncology, radiology and radiation oncology.
These are aimed for the program in improving current technologies, Understanding which patients are most likely to benefit from which immunotherapies, Understanding how to combine emerging immune therapies with standard-of-care cancer therapy and Making these therapies, especially vaccine therapy, available to patients in the earliest stages of cancer.