Kidney Cancer

No Benefit Seen With Targeted Therapy After Surgery for Locally Advanced Kidney Cancer

A recent study suggests that people with locally advanced kidney cancer should not take either sorafenib (Nexavar) or sunitinib (Sutent) after surgery. Sorafenib and sunitinib are two drugs that are widely used to treat kidney cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. They target the process of angiogenesis, blocking the growth of new blood vessels to the tumor. Because a tumor needs the nutrients delivered by blood vessels to grow and spread, the goal of anti-angiogenesis therapies is to “starve” the tumor.

Promising New Immunotherapy for Melanoma, Kidney Cancer, and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

ASCO Annual Meeting
June 2, 2012

A new immunotherapy (called BMS-936558) helped shrink melanoma, kidney cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in a recent early study. Immunotherapy is designed to boost the body's natural defenses to fight the cancer. It uses materials either made by the body or in a laboratory to bolster, target, or restore immune system function.

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