Harvard University’s Dr Ryan Sullivan to kick-start Cancer Council’s lecture series

Harvard University’s melanoma and immunotherapy expert Dr Ryan Sullivan.
Harvard University’s melanoma and immunotherapy expert Dr Ryan Sullivan.

HARVARD University’s melanoma and immunotherapy expert Dr Ryan Sullivan will kick-start the launch of Cancer Council’s free public lecture series 2019.

Dr Sullivan will provide a free lecture on melanoma and treatment therapies at The State Library Theatre from 12.30pm to 1.30pm this Thursday.

He is set to cover the causes of melanoma, what immunotherapy is, how it is given, who is likely to benefit, why it stops working and potential side effects.

He will also discuss what is being done to make immunotherapy more effective for more patients with melanoma.

“Truly effective therapies have only been around for a decade,” Dr Sullivan said.

“These therapies target the cancer-killing immune cells and make them more abundant and generally better at killing cancer cells, and unfortunately, only a bit more than half of patients have clinical benefit from these treatments, so strategies are necessary to make these treatments more effective.”