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On immunotherapy trial, long-term survivors of deadly skin cancer point to a hopeful future

Once unheard-of survival rates seen among patients with advanced Merkel cell carcinoma

Feb. 6, 2019 | By Susan Keown / Fred Hutch News Service

More than two-thirds of people with advanced Merkel cell carcinoma are on track to survive at least two years after starting an immunotherapy drug on a landmark trial.

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Immune booster may awaken body’s defenses against skin cancer

First-in-human pilot of experimental immunotherapy in Merkel cell carcinoma

Nov. 28, 2018 | By Sabrina Richards / Fred Hutch News Service

A first-in-human pilot study of an intra-tumoral injection of an immune-boosting compound suggests it may help stimulate an anti-tumor immune response against Merkel cell carcinoma.

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Revealing a new way that cancer can evade immunotherapy — and, maybe, how to stop it

How a new technology solved a mystery and honors one man’s legacy

Sept. 24, 2018 | by Susan Keown / Fred Hutch News Service

Before his aggressive cancer took his life, he donated his tissue samples to research. Now scientists think that new insights from his cells could save lives.

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