Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, on Turning Science Into Life-Saving Care
AACR Virtual Annual Meeting 2020 II
Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, summarizes the opening plenary session that addressed epigenetics and early detection, how the aging microenvironment governs response to therapy, AI-driven precision medicine, reprogramming human T cells, and opportunities for the future.
Xavier Llor, MD, PhD, of Yale University School of Medicine, discusses the steep rise of early-onset colorectal cancer over the past 15 years, which cannot be explained by genetic predisposition but may be prompted by environmental factors (Session ED35).
Nasser K. Altorki, MD, of Weill Cornell Medical College, discusses study findings that suggest neoadjuvant low-dose focal stereotactic body radiation plus immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) is safe and causes no surgical delays in early-stage lung cancer, and that major pathologic response rates are likely to be comparable to those with chemotherapy/ICB combinations (Session ED37).
Elizabeth H. Stover, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses an analysis of genomic alterations in patients with relapsed ovarian cancer who were treated with nivolumab plus bevacizumab in a phase II clinical trial. The study was conducted to identify potential biomarkers of response (Abstract 1048).
Ralph R. Weichselbaum, MD, of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center, explores the question of whether radiotherapy is the principal curative treatment with immunotherapy or activates immunotherapy. He also discussed how to improve the interaction of these treatments, perhaps with vaccination, transfer of genetically engineered T cells, or checkpoint inhibitors (Session ED37).
Stacey A. Fedewa, PhD, of the American Cancer Society, discusses the increasing incidence rates of colorectal, breast, kidney, thyroid, uterine corpus, and cervical disease in younger patients. Data show that colorectal cancer is increasing most rapidly, while breast cancer—the most common cancer among young women—is rising at a slower pace (Session ED35).