LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE
As the toughest cancers adapt and evolve, our approach in turn must be
innovative and agile in the � ght against cancer. Amgen continues to take on
some of the toughest cancers, and this effort requires a greater understanding
of the pathophysiology of cancer cells and the identi� cation of new targets
and signaling pathways so that novel oncologic therapies may be developed.
The last two decades have seen remarkable progress, with scientific
breakthroughs in genetics, molecular biology, and biotechnology. These
advances have led to the emergence of biologic therapies and immunotherapies,
which have now become important components of cancer therapy.10 More
recently, a greater appreciation of the human immune system has inspired
the development of therapies that use the body's immune response. In fact,
immuno-oncology may herald the beginning of an era that holds great promise
for the long-term control of many cancer types.
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Our researchers are investigating a number of
targeted agents to take on the toughest cancers.
Look for more in this series at amgenoncology.com
as we continue to take on the toughest cancers.
TAKING ON THE TOUGHEST CANCERS.
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