DFCI: Cell cycle-blocking drugs can shrink tumors by enlisting immune system in attack on cancer, study finds
New research by scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Dana-Farber) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) reveals an unexpected mechanism behind these tumor regressions. In a study published online today by the journal Nature, the investigators show that CDK4/6 inhibitors not only stymie the division of cancer cells but can also spur the immune system to attack and kill the cells. When the drugs were coupled with other immunotherapy agents, the anti-cancer effect can be even greater, they report.http://www.dana-farber.org/Newsroom/New ... ancer.aspx
The clinical trials were on breast cancer but it might be applicable to CRC too.
Mike in NH: Rectal Bleeding biopsy June 23, Diagnosed Stage 3B rectal cancer late July 2017 via MRI.
T3, N1b, M0.
Started Xeloda + Radiation 07/31/17, to continue until 09/07/17.
CEA before treatment: 2.7. CEA after 14 treatments 1.9.