Tulane pioneers novel ovarian cancer treatment

The Tulane University Section of Hematology and Medical Oncology is investigating a novel treatment for ovarian cancer by using intravenous Ontak to deplete harmful cells that inhibit the body's natural immune response to fight cancer. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cancer killer of women in the United States.

"This study will test the hypothesis that Ontak improves tumor immunity by killing regulatory T cells (Tregs) in patients with advanced-stage ovarian cancer," says principal investigator Tyler Curiel, professor of medicine and chief of hematology and medical oncology at Tulane. "When a patient has cancer, some of the immune cells in the body begin to kill the body's tumor-killing immune cells instead of killing the tumor. So it's like friendly fire -- soldiers, instead of going out and shooting the enemy, shoot their own soldiers instead."

In the journal Nature Medicine, Tulane scientists reported how Tregs impede the body's ability to fight ovarian cancer. The Tulane research team showed that human tumor Treg cells suppress tumor immunity and contribute to growth of tumors. Thus, killing Treg cells may help treat cancer, Curiel says.

The National Cancer Institute awarded a four-year grant of more than $1.2 million for the Tulane team to continue studying how ovarian tumors undermine immunity and continue to grow. The Tulane team hopes this novel treatment approach, using Ontak to deplete Tregs, will prove beneficial not only for ovarian cancer, but also for other cancers in future studies, including breast and lung cancer, Curiel says.

Ontak has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of patients with cutaneous T-cell leukemia/lymphoma.


Contact: Fran Simon
Tulane University

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Safe blood levels need redefining, Tulane University study says
2. Tulane researcher reports on origin of deadly fever outbreak
3. Mayo Clinic pioneers new method of jaw reconstruction for oral cancer patients
4. New base for North American cancer screening pioneers
5. Penn researchers discover novel pathway for increasing good cholesterol
6. UD scientists invent novel hydrogels for repairing, regenerating human tissue
7. New biotech company to commercialize novel UD gene-repair technology
8. A closer look inside our lungs -- Penn researchers develop 2 novel imaging techniques
9. European scientists receive funding from EU to develop novel therapy for cancer
10. Mass. General leading international trial of novel breast cancer drug
11. Researchers develop novel method for treatment of sickle cell disease

Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Consistent with the Radiology Business Management ... Radiology Marketing Programs meeting will showcase some of the best 2015 radiology ... Palace in Las Vegas with a pre-conference session on a collaborative approach for ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Minn. (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... start failing. Secura Consultants has prided itself for not only fulfilling the needs ... income protection solutions at an affordable price and providing top-tier customer service. However, ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... largest, most successful and prominent nonprofit healthcare organizations in the country. They have ... with various organizations, and helped advance the healthcare industry as a whole through ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... , ... Indosoft Inc., developer and distributor of the world-class ... (Long Term Support) into its Q-Suite 5.10 product line. , Making the change ... version of Asterisk that will receive not only security fixes, but feature and ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... CognisantMD ... for diagnostic imaging in the Waterloo region. Using the Ocean Platform, family physicians ... directly from their electronic medical record (EMR) without the need for redundant patient ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015 On Tuesday, ... federal bellwether trial against Wright Medical Technology, Inc. ... their Conserve metal-on-metal hip implant device, awarded $11 ... a two week trial and three days of ... hip device was defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Nov. 25, 2015  Henry Schein, Inc., the world,s ... office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, will unveil ... Henry Schein ConnectDental® Pavilion , which brings together ... open solutions designed to help any practice or laboratory ... for a schedule of experts appearing at the ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015 Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN ) today ... New York State Attorney General,s Office to ... and other statutes with the Attorney General over the decision ... marketing and selling the now generic version of memantine immediate ... liability, has released its counterclaims against New York ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: