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Immunotherapy for treating metastatic colorectal cancer

Lookup NU author(s): Stuart Robinson, Dr Alexei von Delwig, Professor Derek Manas, Steven White


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Background: Colorectal cancer remains one of the leading causes of death in the world. Surgery still remains the mainstay of treatment for primary and metastatic colorectal cancer. Immunotherapy used as an adjunct to surgery can play an important role in controlling the spread of tumour. Methods: The online databases PubMed, Medline, Scirus and Medscape Oncology were used to identify articles of relevance. Keywords included; "Immunotherapy", "Cellular Immunotherapy", "Metastatic Colorectal Cancer", "Monoclonal Antibody" "Tumour Vaccines" and "Adoptive Cell Therapy". The databases search was from the period of June 1995 until May 2010 inclusive. Results: Our understanding of tumour immunology has allowed the development of some successful therapies. Immunotherapy through the use of monoclonal antibodies is an effective adjunct to chemotherapy for metastatic colorectal cancer. Other modalities that are in the stages of development are cellular and conjugated vaccines. However, these vaccines are being experimented in advanced stages of colorectal tumours. Conclusion: Colorectal cancer vaccines are being developed for advanced stages of colorectal tumour. However, their use as an early adjunct could potentially limit the spread of tumour or even result in cure. Further trials are required to ensure the safety and efficacy of cellular vaccines against colorectal tumours to allow their use on patients early in their disease presentation. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Boghossian S, Robinson S, Von Delwig A, Manas D, White S

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Surgical Oncology

Year: 2012

Volume: 21

Issue: 2

Pages: 67-77

Print publication date: 02/02/2011

ISSN (print): 0960-7404

ISSN (electronic): 1879-3320



DOI: 10.1016/j.suronc.2010.10.004