Carl June, MD: The Promise and Challenges of CAR T-Cell Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer (2019)

In the early years of studying immunotherapy at Penn Medicine, our high hopes for an immunological breakthrough in pancreatic cancer were frustrated by the cancer’s unique capacity to resist immune system interventions. 

However, new research at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center is beginning to shed light on the once intractable mechanisms of pancreatic cancer.

In this video, CAR-T pioneer Carl June, MD, explains the innate challenges he encountered when using immunotherapies to treat pancreatic cancer. Dr. June also reviews the potential of anti-tumor mesothelin-specific CAR-T cell therapy in metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA), which is now being investigated through clinical trials at Penn.

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Enrolling Clinical Trials: Combination Chemotherapy / Immunotherapy for Patients With Previously Untreated Metastatic Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
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