Shining the Spotlight on Synovial Sarcoma…

Greetings readers!  Today, the goal is to update you on some very exciting data that was recently presented at ESMO, the European Society of Medical Oncology Annual Meeting. In a nutshell, early results from a trial using a type of immune therapy called engineered T cells specific for a protein called MAGE-A4 led to significant tumor shrinkage in patients with … Continue reading Shining the Spotlight on Synovial Sarcoma…

New Video: Empowering the immune system in sarcomas

Greetings readers! This week I gave a talk at our Cancer Center's symposium series on some of the research that we're developing in the lab and in clinic on improving outcomes with immunotherapy in sarcomas. It's long and pretty scientific-focused, but reviews the major immunotherapy trials for sarcomas, and talks about ideas about how to … Continue reading New Video: Empowering the immune system in sarcomas

ASCO 2018 Updates for Sarcomas

Dear readers, Just having returned from a particularly exhilarating annual ASCO meeting, I wanted to quickly share some of the most exciting results from the sarcoma sessions with all of you. Overall, this year revealed exciting advances in treatment of desmoid tumors, as well as PVNS.  Additionally, we learned some important information about oral chemotherapy … Continue reading ASCO 2018 Updates for Sarcomas

Leiomyosarcoma in 2018 – where we are and where we need to go.

Good afternoon readers! Having recently teamed up with the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation as an advisory board member, for this posting I thought we'd focus on leiomyosarcoma, including some of the most common questions coming in from patients, caretakers and providers. What is leiomyosarcoma? Leiomyosarcoma is probably the fourth most common sarcoma behind gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), pleomorphic sarcomas, and liposarcomas.  … Continue reading Leiomyosarcoma in 2018 – where we are and where we need to go.

ASPS and Sarcoma Days of Learning

Sarcoma Awareness Month may be over, but for patients, families, and docs fighting sarcoma awareness is a daily occurrence!  Thus... we have TWO upcoming events planned here at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center for patient awareness and education. Friday, September 23, 2016 - SCCC / Manny Alvarez Foundation Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma Day of Learning / Research Workshop. … Continue reading ASPS and Sarcoma Days of Learning

Save the Date: Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma Research Workshop / Patient Day of Learning

It's official - we're moving forward with the first ever ASPS Day of Learning.  Come and help us take a giant step forward against this disease at this free event, which will run approximately 8 am - 4 pm on Friday, September 23, 2016.  If you'd like to come, please email Krystin Altieri at k.altieri@med.miami.edu to … Continue reading Save the Date: Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma Research Workshop / Patient Day of Learning

Updates from ASCO 2016: Immunotherapy for sarcoma shows a signal!

Greetings from Chicago, where once again, immunotherapy remains the highlight of most ASCO presentations.  This year was particularly exciting, as we finally got to see the preliminary results of the first clinical trials of checkpoint inhibitors for sarcomas.  So, I will update all of you on the most recent data, explain how we still have more … Continue reading Updates from ASCO 2016: Immunotherapy for sarcoma shows a signal!