Dr James Larkin
Dr James Larkin is a clinical researcher at The Royal Marsden Hospital where he specialises in the treatment of melanoma and kidney cancer. His research focuses on how we might use new targeted treatments that boost the immune system’s ability to fight cancer, known as immunotherapies.
Dr Larkin and his team are investigating whether combining conventional treatments with immunotherapy could improve survival rates for people with melanoma. They are looking at whether high doses of radiotherapy can enhance the effect of an existing immunotherapy drug by kicking the body’s immune response into action against tumour cells. This may be particularly effective at treating cancers that have spread to other parts of the body.
The kind of research that Dr Larkin is doing should help refine and improve the treatments that are currently available for patients, ultimately helping more people survive the disease.