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Cancer Immunotherapy Toxicity Evaluation (CITE) Program

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Immunotherapy harnesses the patient's own immune system to help fight their cancer. These cutting-edge treatments – which include cancer vaccines, cellular therapies, immune checkpoint inhibitors and other drugs – can sometimes overstimulate the immune system, leading to side effects that range from minor to serious. Some are easily managed with steroids while others require care from experts in specific organ systems and immunosuppression (curbing the immune response). Sometimes these side effects necessitate suspending the patient's cancer treatment.

The UCSF Cancer Immunotherapy Toxicity Evaluation (CITE) Program cares for patients with complex, difficult-to-treat side effects from immunotherapy. If you're experiencing these side effects, getting a correct diagnosis and access to appropriate providers can be challenging. The CITE Program brings together a dedicated, experienced team of oncologists and other specialists who collaboratively manage your condition.

Our care team also serves as a resource for doctors outside UCSF seeking second opinions on their patients with immunotherapy-related side effects. The CITE Program is one of a kind in the Bay Area and one of the first of its kind in the nation. In addition to patient care, our team is dedicated to advancing research on immunotherapy through clinical trials (studies of promising new treatments) and the banking of blood and tissue specimens. Our program works closely with other specialty groups at UCSF, including the Cancer Immunotherapy Program, which evaluates treatments in early phases of development.

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    Decorative Caduceus

    P-MUC1C-ALLO1 Allogeneic CAR-T Cells in the Treatment of Subjects With Advanced or Metastatic S...

    Number of subjects with a dose limiting toxicity (DLT)

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Tiragolumab Plus Atezolizumab Versus Atezolizumab in the Treatment of Stage II Melanoma Patient...

    -Defined as the proportion of ctDNA-positive participants having a ctDNA-negative test at Cycle 3 Day 1

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    A Phase 1B/2 Study of RP1 in Solid Organ Transplant Patients With Advanced Cutaneous Malignanci...

    Assess the safety and tolerability of single-agent RP1 in solid organ transplant patients with cutaneous malignancies by incidence of subjects with treatment-emergent adverse events

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Peripheral T Cell Determinants of Response and Resistance to Pembrolizumab in Melanoma

    The investigators will identify the genes predictive of response to anti-PD-1 therapy by testing for significant associations across expression rates of each gene and response/resistance, within a hurdle-Gaussian mixed-effect fram...

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Phase 1/2 Trial of Gavo-cel (TC-210) in Patients With Advanced Mesothelin-Expressing Cancer

    Establish the recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) according to dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) of defined adverse events.

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    A Study of SEA-CD40 Given With Other Drugs in Cancers

    The proportion of participants who achieve a confirmed complete response (CR) or partial (PR) according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) v1.1 as assessed by the investigator.

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Pembrolizumab With or Without Axitinib for Treatment of Locally Advanced or Metastatic Clear Ce...

    TIICs will be analyzed in pre- and post-pembrolizumab-based treatment tumor specimens. The proportion of participants with a >=2-fold increase (from pre- to post-treatment) in the number of TIICs will be calculated.

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Binimetinib and Imatinib for Unresectable Stage III-IV KIT-Mutant Melanoma

    Defined as complete response (CR) or partial response (PR) by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST v1.1). The ORR at stages 1 and 2 will be estimated using the method of Whitehead, and the p-values for testing the ...

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Safety of ABM-1310 in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Study of RP1 Monotherapy and RP1 in Combination With Nivolumab

    Percentage of subjects with adverse events (AEs)

    Recruiting

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