Thursday, September 7, 2017

EXCELLENT presentation on how our immune system works (or doesn't) in melanoma!!!!!

Great thanks to my Edster who shared this video link!!!  It is a really great presentation by Dr. Weber about how our immune system works generally, how melanoma uses its Potter-esq 'invisibility cloak' to hide from our immune system, the development of immunotherapy, ipi, progression of melanoma followed by regression while on immunotherapy, crazy side effects created, anti-PD-1 and it's specificity with fewer side effects and better response rates, the ipi/nivo combo, and additional combo's as a way to improve future outcomes:

Immunotherapy for Melanoma: Presentation given by Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD, as part of the AIM at Melanoma’s Patient & Caregiver Symposium on April 8, 2017 at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, NY. Dr, Weber is a Professor, Department of Medicine at Perlmutter Cancer Center.

Definitely worth a look and a listen!!!  Stories I've heard before in person.  And, I can't begin to tell you how many times I've heard, "This stuff is weird!"  A completely understandable pronouncement when discovering all the bits and pieces of anti-PD-1 therapy!  A little disconcerting when you are the rattie in the gown on the table!!!  None-the-less, I remain ever so grateful to the ratties who went before me, my super-duper support team, and The Wizard Weber!!!!

"The best is yet to come...." ~ les

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