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Special Issue "Immuno-Oncology: Identification of Therapeutic Targets, Development of Novel Drugs and Improvement of Treatment Approaches for Cancer"

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Pharmacology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Veronica Balatti

Research Scientist, Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics, The Ohio State University, USA
Interests: cancer genetics; small noncoding RNAs dysregulation in cancer; gene expression dysregulation in cancer; targeted therapy for cancer; chronic lymphocytic leukemia; lung cancer

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues

Recently, we witnessed an extraordinary development in cancer therapy, led by the evolving field of immuno–oncology. Traditional chemotherapy destroys cancer cells, but it also affects healthy cells. To overcome this dilemma, researchers have tried several approaches. Hormonal therapies inhibit growth-promoting hormones or block their survival signal to cancer cells, but this strategy only works for certain cancer types derived from hormonally responsive tissues. Thus, compounds targeting cancer-specific mutated genes were generated, and more target molecules are currently being investigated to develop new drugs. Immunotherapy is an evolution of targeted therapy where the immune system is targeted to improve its ability to kill cancer cells. Passive immunotherapies enhance the immune system’s antitumor response using monoclonal antibodies, and the aim of current research is to optimize this strategy by developing personalized treatments. Active immunotherapy directly stimulates the immune system to kill cancer cells either by targeting immune-checkpoints inhibitors (thus interfering with the tumor’s ability to inhibit the immune system from attacking cancer cells) or by engineering patient T cells to recognize and kill cancer cells more efficiently (CAR-T therapy). Additionally, effective vaccines are already employed for infectious agent-related cancers and immunoprevention of cancers not related to infectious agents was observed in transgenic mice with activated oncogenes, indicating that stimulation of the immune system in healthy hosts can inhibit carcinogenesis. These strategies, are having an extraordinary success, but they can have side effects. Since these approaches are quickly taking over classic chemotherapy, perfecting immuno–oncology is essential to improve patient wellbeing. Hence, in this issue, we will discuss the most recent discoveries leading to the development of a new generation of drugs and therapeutic approaches for cancer treatment.

Dr. Veronica Balatti
Guest Editor

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  • Cancer treatments
  • Molecular genetics of cancer
  • Targeted therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Monoclonal antibody therapy
  • Cytokine therapy
  • Checkpoint inhibitors
  • CAR-T cells
  • Combination therapy
  • Cancer immunoprevention

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