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New studies give hope to people with lung cancer

Erica Zucco
April 18, 2018 12:22 PM

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New studies are giving hope to a lot of people with lung cancer, showing that immunotherapy, paired with other forms of treatment, could help patients live longer and more comfortably.


The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center is already using the technique to treat cancer, and working on research for a variety of forms of cancer to take it to the next level.

 Dr. Emrullah Yilmaz says the UNMCCC is already adding immunotherapy to treatment plans. New studies from New York University and Johns Hopkins confirm on a more reliable level what they’ve already seen in New Mexicans.

“This actually shows survival benefit- which means that the patient getting chemotherapy and immunotherapy combination, lives longer than the chemotherapy alone,” Dr. Yilmaz said.

Dr. Yilmaz says patients can get immunotherapy for longer than chemotherapy, and it’s a little easier on the body. But it does still have side effects.

“These treatments are, again, not magic. We are using them in more advanced settings. They're not effective for everyone. But there's a great potential that they can be beneficial for some patients,” Dr. Yilmaz said.The center is putting that potential to the test, researching how adding immunotherapy can help not just lung cancer patients, but women with ovarian cancer and people with other forms of the illness.


Erica Zucco

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