Monoclonal antibody-based therapies are improving outcomes for patients with a range of cancers
Anti-cancer immunotherapy, including monoclonal antibodies to specific cell surface protein antigens, is proving to be a successful strategy in the emerging era of personalised medicine. This issue of the Journal includes the report of a retrospective study of the impact of one of the first therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, rituximab, on the relative survival of patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Queensland between 1993 and 2012.1 Rituximab binds the CD20 antigen that is found on 90% of B cells, making it easier for other immune system cells to eliminate the cancerous cells (antibody-dependent cell-mediated immunity).
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