Mayer Fishman

Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Many men receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer experience hot flashes. This study aimed to describe the course of hot flash interference (HFI) over time in ADT recipients relative to matched prostate cancer and cancer-free controls, from before the start of ADT to 12 months later. We also examined demographic, clinical, and genetic predictors of the impact of ADT on hot flash interference. Three groups were examined: prostate cancer patients recruited before or within 21 days of starting ADT (n=60), age- and education-matched prostate cancer patients treated with prostatectomy only (n=83), and age- and education-matched men with no history of cancer (n=86). Participants provided blood samples and completed the Hot Flash Daily Interference Scale at baseline as well as 6 and 12 months later. ADT recipients reported increasing HFI over time relative to controls (p<.001). Group differences were evident at 6 and 12 months (ps<.001), with ADT recipients reporting greater HFI than controls. Several genetic polymorphisms were found to predict greater increases in HFI (ps<.01), including polymorphisms on genes associated with vasoconstriction, immune function, neurotransmission, and circadian rhythms. ADT recipients who were younger and had lower body mass index at baseline also exhibited greater increases in HFI over time (ps≤.01). This study, the first to prospectively examine HFI in ADT recipients, found that those with certain genetic polymorphisms, younger age, and lower BMI had greater increases in HFI over time relative to controls. Copyright © 2015 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    The Journal of urology 03/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.juro.2015.03.026 · 3.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sorafenib was FDA approved in 2005 for treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) based on the results of the pivotal phase 3 clinical trial, TARGET (Treatment Approaches in Renal Cancer Global Evaluation Trial). Since that time, numerous clinical studies have been undertaken that substantially broaden our knowledge of the use of sorafenib for this indication. We systematically reviewed PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, Cochrane Library, and for prospective clinical studies using single agent sorafenib in RCC and published since 2005. Primary endpoints of interest were progression-free survival (PFS) and safety. PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic reviews #CRD42014010765. We identified 30 studies in which 2182 patients were treated with sorafenib, including 1575 patients who participated in randomized controlled phase 3 trials. In these trials, sorafenib was administered as first-, second- or third-line treatment. Heterogeneity among trial designs and reporting of data precluded statistical comparisons among trials or with TARGET. The PFS appeared shorter in second- vs. first-line treatment, consistent with the more advanced tumor status in the second-line setting. In some trials, incidences of grade 3/4 hypertension or hand-foot skin reaction (HFSR) were more than double that seen in TARGET (4% and 6%, respectively). These variances may be attributable to increased recognition of HFSR, or potentially differences in dose adjustments, that could be consequences of increased familiarity with sorafenib usage. Several small studies enrolled exclusively Asian patients. These studies reported notably longer PFS than was observed in TARGET. However, no obvious corresponding differences in disease control rate and overall survival were seen. Collectively, more recent experiences using sorafenib in RCC are consistent with results reported for TARGET with no marked changes of response endpoints or new safety signals observed.
    PLoS ONE 01/2015; 10(4):e0120877. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0120877 · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to determine if the percentage of sarcomatoid differentiation (%Sarc) in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) can be used for prognostic risk stratification, because sarcomatoid RCC (sRCC) is an aggressive variant of kidney cancer. We performed a retrospective analysis of patients who underwent surgery for RCC at our institution between 1999 and 2012. Pathology slides for all sRCC cases were reexamined by a single pathologist and %Sarc was calculated. %Sarc was analyzed as a continuous variable and as a categorical variable at cut points of 5%, 10%, and 25%. Potential prognostic factors associated with overall survival (OS) were determined using the Cox regression model. OS curves were generated using Kaplan-Meier methods and survival differences compared using the log-rank test. One thousand three hundred seven consecutive cases of RCC were identified, of which 59 patients had sRCC (4.5%). As a continuous variable %Sarc was inversely associated with OS (P = .023). Predictors of survival on multivariable analysis included pathologic (p) T status, tumor size, clinical (c) M status and %Sarc at the 25% level. OS was most dependent on the presence of metastatic disease (4 months vs. 21.2 months; P = .001). In cM0 patients with locally advanced (≥ pT3) tumors, OS was significantly diminished in patients with > 25 %Sarc (P = .045). However, %Sarc did not influence OS in patients with cM1 disease. Patients with sRCC have a poor overall outcome as evidenced by high rates of recurrence and death, indicating the need for more effective systemic therapies. In nonmetastatic patients, the incorporation of %Sarc in predictive nomograms might further improve risk stratification. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Clinical Genitourinary Cancer 12/2014; 191(4). DOI:10.1016/j.clgc.2014.12.001 · 1.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective Prostate cancer patients who receive androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) often experience many physical and psychological side effects. ADT may be associated with increased risk for depression, but the relationship between ADT and depression is not fully understood. This study used a longitudinal design to assess depressive symptomatology in patients receiving ADT compared with two groups of matched controls.Methods Participants were men initiating ADT treatment (ADT+ group; n = 61) and their matched controls: prostate cancer patients treated with radical prostatectomy (ADT− group; n = 61), and no-cancer controls (CA− group; n = 61). Depressive symptomatology was assessed using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale at ADT initiation and again 6 months later. Differences in depressive symptomatology and rates of clinically significant depressive symptomatology were analyzed between groups at each time point and within groups over time.ResultsBetween baseline and follow-up, ADT+ participants demonstrated increased depressive symptomatology and increased rates of clinically significant depressive symptomatology (ps < 0.05). ADT+ participants also reported greater depressive symptomatology than both control groups at follow-up (ps < 0.001). Rates of clinically significant depressive symptomatology were higher in the ADT+ group than the ADT− and CA− groups at both time points (baseline: 28%, 5%, 12%; follow-up: 39%, 9%, 11%).Conclusions Findings support the hypothesis that ADT administration yields increases in depression and suggest that the mechanism behind ADT's association with depression should be explored and that prostate cancer patients treated with ADT should receive particular focus in depression screening and intervention.Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Psycho-Oncology 06/2014; 24(4). DOI:10.1002/pon.3608 · 4.04 Impact Factor
  • Jason Brayer, Mayer Fishman
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    ABSTRACT: Aldesleukin [interleukin-2 (IL-2)] induces durable complete responses in some kidney cancer and melanoma patients. Nivolumab is an investigational antibody drug targeting programmed death-1 (PD-1) as a treatment, demonstrating activity in multiple cancer types. An expanding complement of immunotherapeutics raises important issues regarding the best way to use them. There are issues beyond identifying an agent that provides the superior front-line response: when does one therapy potentiate another immune therapy? When is the capacity of immune response exhausted and an approach without immune mechanism the better therapy? In this case report, we present a patient with metastatic renal cell carcinoma with no tumor regression evident on a PD-1 blockade (given on an investigational trial), who then achieved near-complete response to bolus high-dose IL-2 therapy, maintaining a persistent response off therapy. This case emphasizes on the need to develop improved predictors of response to immune therapies, especially as they can be applied to optimize sequential immunotherapeutic modalities versus predict when to turn to alternative targeted agents in renal cell carcinoma, and is an example of efficacious IL-2 application as a second-line treatment.
    Journal of immunotherapy (Hagerstown, Md.: 1997) 03/2014; 37(3). DOI:10.1097/CJI.0000000000000024 · 3.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Functionally altered myeloid cells play an important role in immune suppression in cancer, in angiogenesis, and in tumor cells' invasion and metastases. Here, we report that inhibition of Notch signaling in hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPC), myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC), and dendritic cells (DC) is directly involved in abnormal myeloid cell differentiation in cancer. Inhibition of Notch signaling was caused by the disruption of the interaction between Notch receptor and transcriptional repressor CSL, which is normally required for efficient transcription of target genes. This disruption was the result of serine phosphorylation of Notch. We demonstrated that increased activity of caseine kinase 2 (CK2) observed in HPC and in MDSC could be responsible for the phosphorylation of Notch and down-regulation of Notch signaling. Inhibition of CK2 by siRNA or by pharmacological inhibitor restored Notch signaling in myeloid cells and substantially improved their differentiation, both in vitro and in vivo. This study demonstrates a novel mechanism regulation of Notch signaling in cancer. This may suggest a new perspective for pharmacological regulation of differentiation of myeloid cells in cancer.
    Cancer Research 11/2013; 74(1). DOI:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-13-1686 · 9.28 Impact Factor
  • Mayer N Fishman
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    ABSTRACT: Therapy for metastatic kidney cancer is actively evolving, particularly in the results of registration drug trials that have led to the approval of vascular endothelial growth factor pathway drugs such as sorafenib, sunitinib, pazopanib, bevacizumab, and axitinib, with focus on patients with good- or intermediate-risk criteria and clear cell histology. Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) drugs such as everolimus and temsirolimus pivotal trials emphasize experiences in the setting of prior treatment or high-risk features. Interferon and interleukin 2 also are part of the treatment algorithms. The results of pivotal trials and the underlying context for the development of a cogent, cohesive treatment plan for an individual are reviewed, touching on decision points such as nephrectomy, metastasectomy, and medical initiation and discontinuation time points. To the extent that these drug therapies are essential for achieving best outcomes for patients, these pivotal trial results and associated guidelines exist within a multidimensional, multidisciplinary context of many other disease features, comorbid features, and non-drug treatment decisions. Other dimensions include investigational targeted therapies, patient selection strategies, surgical strategies, and immunotherapies, some of which are in active development. Clinicians should work toward the best use of drug sequencing and selection strategies based on core data derived from prospective randomized trials. To address individual patient needs, they should also recognize and emphasize individualized goals, to the extent that these are different from issues that were directly addressed in the trials.
    Cancer control: journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center 07/2013; 20(3):222-32. · 2.66 Impact Factor
  • International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer, Berlin, Germany; 06/2013
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Research has shown that self-directed stress management training improves mental well-being in patients undergoing chemotherapy. The present study extends this work by evaluating separate and combined effects of stress management training and home-based exercise. METHOD: Following assessment of mental and physical well-being, depression, anxiety, exercise, and stress reduction activity before chemotherapy started, patients were randomized to stress management training (SM), exercise (EX), combined stress management and exercise (SMEX), or usual care only (UCO). Outcomes were reassessed 6 and 12 weeks after chemotherapy started. Significance testing of group-by-time interactions in 286 patients who completed all assessments was used to evaluate intervention efficacy. RESULTS: Interaction effects for mental and physical well-being scores were not significant. Depression scores yielded a linear interaction comparing UCO and SMEX (p = 0.019), with decreases in SMEX but not UCO. Anxiety scores yielded a quadratic interaction comparing UCO and SMEX (p = 0.049), with trends for changes in SMEX but not UCO. Additional analyses yielded quadratic interactions for exercise activity comparing UCO and SMEX (p = 0.022), with positive changes in SMEX but not UCO, and for stress management activity comparing UCO and SM (p < 0.001) and UCO and SMEX (p = 0.013), with positive changes in SM and SMEX but not UCO. CONCLUSION: Only the combined intervention yielded effects on quality of life outcomes, and these were limited to anxiety and depression. These findings are consistent with evidence that only the combined intervention yielded increases in both exercise and stress management activity. Future research should investigate ways to augment this intervention to enhance its benefits. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Psycho-Oncology 06/2013; 22(6). DOI:10.1002/pon.3122 · 4.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Two major populations of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), monocytic MDSCs (M-MDSCs) and polymorphonuclear MDSCs (PMN-MDSCs) regulate immune responses in cancer and other pathologic conditions. Under physiologic conditions, Ly6C(hi)Ly6G(-) inflammatory monocytes, which are the normal counterpart of M-MDSCs, differentiate into macrophages and dendritic cells. PMN-MDSCs are the predominant group of MDSCs that accumulates in cancer. Here we show that a large proportion of M-MDSCs in tumor-bearing mice acquired phenotypic, morphological and functional features of PMN-MDSCs. Acquisition of this phenotype, but not the functional attributes of PMN-MDSCs, was mediated by transcriptional silencing of the retinoblastoma gene through epigenetic modifications mediated by histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC-2). These data demonstrate a new regulatory mechanism of myeloid cells in cancer.
    Nature Immunology 01/2013; 14(3). DOI:10.1038/ni.2526 · 24.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sipuleucel-T is an autologous cellular immunotherapy approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Its mechanism of action is based on stimulation of the patient's own immune system to target prostate cancer. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells, including antigen-presenting cells and T cells, are obtained from patients via leukapheresis and treated ex vivo with PA2024, a fusion protein consisting of prostatic acid phosphatase/granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor antigen. Data relating to the potential pharmacodynamic biomarkers associated with sipuleucel-T activity are reviewed, as well as considerations for patient selection and for sequencing sipuleucel-T with other prostate cancer treatments. Possible directions for future development are also discussed, including treatment of less advanced prostate cancer populations, combination treatment, and immune modulation. Data from three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase III clinical trials of sipuleucel-T in patients with metastatic castration-rresistant prostate cancer have shown improvement in overall survival vs control. Here, we review its developing role in prostate cancer therapy and future directions for development. There is potential to build on sipuleucel-T to further advance immunotherapy of prostate cancer.
    Cancer control: journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center 01/2013; 20(1):7-16. · 2.66 Impact Factor
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    Steven E Finkelstein, Mayer Fishman
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    ABSTRACT: Preclinical work in murine models suggests that local radiotherapy plus intratumoral syngeneic dendritic cells (DC) injection can mediate immunologic tumor eradication. Radiotherapy affects the immune response to cancer, besides the direct impact on the tumor cells, and other ways to coordinate immune modulation with radiotherapy have been explored. We review here the potential for immune-mediated anticancer activity of radiation on tumors. This can be mediated by differential antigen acquisition and presentation by DC, through changes of lymphocytes' activation, and changes of tumor susceptibility to immune clearance. Recent work has implemented the combination of external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) with intratumoral injection of DC. This included a pilot study of coordinated intraprostatic, autologous DC injection together with radiation therapy with five HLA-A2(+) subjects with high-risk, localized prostate cancer; the protocol used androgen suppression, EBRT (25 fractions, 45 Gy), DC injections after fractions 5, 15, and 25, and then interstitial radioactive implant. Another was a phase II trial using neo-adjuvant apoptosis-inducing EBRT plus intra-tumoral DC in soft tissue sarcoma, to test if this would increase immune activity toward soft tissue sarcoma associated antigens. In the future, radiation therapy approaches designed to optimize immune stimulation at the level of DC, lymphocytes, tumor and stroma effects could be evaluated specifically in clinical trials.
    Frontiers in Oncology 11/2012; 2:169. DOI:10.3389/fonc.2012.00169
  • ly Patel, Dawn Goetz, Mayer Fishman
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: The administration of high-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) in metastatic renal cell carcinoma and metastatic melanoma has led to higher response and survival rates when compared to low dose and subcutaneous administration. In patients who achieve a response, some are complete responses, but at the expense of toxicity. It is of interest to correlate response rate with the number of doses or cumulative dose received. The primary objective of this study is to determine if there is a direct relationship with response and cumulative dose or the total number of doses received. Methods: A retrospective chart review was conducted of all patients at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center diagnosed with metastatic renal cell carcinoma or metastatic melanoma who received high dose IL-2 from September 30th, 1999 to September 30th, 2010. The cumulative dose and the number of doses of IL-2 received was recorded and associated with response (complete response, partial response, stable disease or progressive disease). Pertinent data was also collected to determine the incidence of toxicity. Results: In the metastatic renal cell carcinoma population, 31 out of 55 patients analyzed achieved a response to IL-2. Patients who received a higher number of doses and higher cumulative dose were more likely to respond (p=0.0272 and p=0.0077, respectively). In the metastatic melanoma population, 18 out of 57 patients analyzed achieved a response. Patients who received a higher number of doses and higher cumulative dose were more likely to respond to therapy (p=0.0013 and p=0.007, respectively). Conclusion: Cumulative dose and number of doses received are associated with a statistically significant difference in response rate.
    2012 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting; 10/2012
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    ABSTRACT: Local radiotherapy plus intratumoral syngeneic dendritic cell injection can mediate apoptosis/cell death and immunological tumor eradication in murine models. A novel method of coordinated intraprostatic, autologous dendritic cell injection together with radiation therapy was prospectively evaluated in five HLA-A2(+) subjects with high-risk, localized prostate cancer, using androgen suppression, 45 Gy external beam radiation therapy in 25 fractions over 5 weeks, dendritic cell injections after fractions 5, 15 and 25 and then interstitial radioactive seed placement. Serial prostate biopsies before and during treatment showed increased apoptotic cells and parenchymal distribution of CD8(+) cells. CD8(+) T-cell responses to test peptides were assessed using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent spot IFN-γ production assay, demonstrating some prostate cancer-specific protein-derived peptides associated with increased titer. In conclusion, the technique was feasible and well-tolerated and specific immune responses were observable. Future trials could further test the utility of this approach and improve on temporal coordination of intratumoral dendritic cell introduction with particular timelines of therapy-induced apoptosis.
    Immunotherapy 04/2012; 4(4):373-82. DOI:10.2217/imt.12.24 · 2.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Soft tissue sarcomas are rare neoplasms, with approximately 9000 new cases in the USA every year. Unfortunately, during the past two decades, there has been little progress in the treatment of metastatic soft tissue sarcomas beyond the standard approaches of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Immunotherapy is a modality complementary to conventional therapy. It is appealing because functional antitumor activity could affect both local-regional and systemic disease, and act over a prolonged period of time. In this report, we review immunotherapeutic investigative strategies that are being developed, including several tumor vaccine, antigen vaccine and dendritic cell vaccine strategies.
    Immunotherapy 03/2012; 4(3):283-90. DOI:10.2217/imt.12.3 · 2.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: ALT-801 is a bifunctional fusion protein comprising interleukin-2 (IL-2) linked to a soluble, single-chain T-cell receptor domain that recognizes a peptide epitope (aa264-272) of the human p53 antigen displayed on cancer cells in the context of HLA-A*0201 (p53+/HLA-A*0201). We evaluated the safety, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of ALT-801 in p53+/HLA-A*0201 patients with metastatic malignancies. p53+/HLA-A*0201 patients were treated with ALT-801 on a schedule of four daily 15-minute intravenous infusions, then 10 days rest and four more daily infusions. Cohorts of patients were treated at 0.015, 0.040, and 0.080 mg/kg/dose. Four, 16, and 6 patients were treated at the 0.015, 0.04, and 0.08 mg/kg cohorts, respectively. Two dose-limiting toxicities (a grade 4 transient thrombocytopenia and a myocardial infarction) in the 0.08 mg/kg cohort established the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) at 0.04 mg/kg. Patients treated at the MTD experienced toxicities similar to those associated with high-dose IL-2 but of lesser severity. The serum half-life of ALT-801 was 4 hours and ALT-801 serum recovery was as expected based on the dose administered. ALT-801 treatment induced an increase of serum IFN-γ but not TNF-α. Response assessment showed 10 subjects with stable disease at at least 11 weeks, and in one who had melanoma metastasis, there is an ongoing complete absence of identifiable disease after resection of radiographically identified lesions. This first-in-man study defines an ALT-801 regimen that can be administered safely and is associated with immunologic changes of potential antitumor relevance.
    Clinical Cancer Research 12/2011; 17(24):7765-75. DOI:10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-11-1817 · 8.19 Impact Factor
  • Shilpa Gupta, Mayer Fishman
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    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Targets for drug development for the treatment of kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma; RCC) include vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptors and mammalian target of rapamycin. Currently available oral multitargeted VEGF tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) that have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for advanced RCC, include sunitinib, sorafenib and pazopanib. Off-target TKI inhibition can potentially preclude full-dose combination with other targeted and chemotherapeutic agents. There is a need to develop more potent and selective targeted agents for RCC therapy, which are more effective and have minimal off-target effects. AREAS COVERED: This drug evaluation review addresses the ongoing development for the treatment of RCC with tivozanib: a potent, selective and long-half-life VEGF TKI. The testing for clinical efficacy alone or in combination with other therapies for RCC and for other tumor types, and the clinical and market relevance of introducing another RCC therapy are discussed. EXPERT OPINION: Tivozanib is distinguished by its high potency, selectivity, long-half-life and its potential to be effectively combined with other agents in RCC. This may offer more effective, yet well-tolerated treatment options. The relative clinical and market relevance remain to be seen, both for RCC therapy and other tumor types.
    Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy 12/2011; 12(18):2915-22. DOI:10.1517/14656566.2011.636032 · 3.09 Impact Factor
  • Steven E Finkelstein, Mayer Fishman
    12/2011; DOI:10.5275/ijcr.2011.12.10
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    Shilpa Gupta, Estrella Carballido, Mayer N Fishman
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    ABSTRACT: Sipuleucel-T is an autologous cell immunotherapy for castrate-refractory prostate cancer, with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic prostate cancer. In this review we address the background of prostate cancer incidence and other available therapy onto which sipuleucel-T treatment has been added, with discussion of hormone-therapy, chemotherapy, and other investigational immunotherapies. The sipuleucel-T manufacturing process, toxicity and clinical benefit are reviewed, along with an examination of the issue of clinical benefit to survival, independent of apparent changes of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. Sipuleucel-T therapy is appraised from clinician, patient and immunotherapeutic perspectives, with reference to the clinical data from the pivotal trial, the mechanism of action, and the treatment process.
    OncoTargets and Therapy 06/2011; 4:79-96. DOI:10.2147/OTT.S14107 · 1.34 Impact Factor

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902 Citations
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  • 2004–2015
    • Moffitt Cancer Center
      • • Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior (HOB)
      • • Department of Immunology
      Tampa, Florida, United States
  • 2001–2014
    • University of South Florida
      • Department of Oncologic Sciences
      Tampa, Florida, United States
  • 2007
    • University of Nebraska at Omaha
      Omaha, Nebraska, United States
  • 2005
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb
      New York, New York, United States