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In this article, we discuss how medical providers should engage in better communication with patients to improve outcomes.

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A multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 vaccine trial is now underway for post-resection melanoma patients with a high risk of recurrence.

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Of the 39 advanced gastric cancer patients treated with the immunotherapy antibody, pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck), 22.2% had an objective response. The median time to response was 8 weeks and the median progression-free survival (PFS) was 1.9 months

The PD-1 inhibitor nivolumab increased progression-free and overall survival compared with chemo in patients with previously untreated metastatic melanoma.

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