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Update on the challenges and recent advances in cancer immunotherapy

Authors Baronzio G, Parmar G, Shubina I, Cassutti V, Giuli S, Ballerini M, Kiselevsky M

Received 16 January 2013

Accepted for publication 19 March 2013

Published 17 June 2013 Volume 2013:2 Pages 39—49


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Gianfranco Baronzio,1 Gurdev Parmar,2 Irina ZH Shubina,3 Valter Cassutti,1 Sergio Giuli,1 Marco Ballerini,1 Mikhail Kiselevsky3

1Centro Medico Demetra: Hyperthermia and Immunity Center, Terni, Italy; 2Integrated Health Clinic, Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada; 3Blokhin Cancer Research Center, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Abstract: This overview provides an analysis of some of the immunotherapies currently in use and under investigation, with a special focus on the tumor microenvironment, which we believe is a major factor responsible for the general failure of immunotherapy to date. It is our expectation that combining immunotherapy with methods of altering the tumor microenvironment and targeting regulatory T cells and myeloid cells will yield favorable results.

Keywords: tumor microenvironment, tumor immunity, immunosuppression, CTLA-4, PD-1, exosomes, myeloid-derived suppressor cells, Tregs

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