Immunotherapy prior to surgery is effective in colon cancer


Patients with colon cancer, but no distant metastases yet, can benefit from a short course of immunotherapy while waiting for their surgery, as it can cause tumours to shrink substantially or clear up in a very short time. The patient's own immune cells have cleared away the cancer cells. This is the finding of a NICHE study by the Netherlands Cancer Institute, an innovatory phase II clinical trial. In patients with a specific subtype of colon cancer (MSI) 100% of the patients benefited from the therapy. In the other half (with MSS type) this was 25%

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