Establishing the role of cytokine therapy in advanced renal cell carcinoma


Martin E. Gore, Department of Medicine, The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust, Fulham Road, London SW3 6JJ, UK.


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Tribute to Professor Pieter De Mulder, from Martin Gore

Pieter and I were often pitted against each other in debates at international meetings on the role of cytokine therapy. The truth is that there was little disagreement between us, but we both thought such set pieces were a good way to highlight the issues surrounding the use of cytokines. He wanted our true joint view to be put on record, and the result is this article. Pieter himself suffered from kidney cancer for many years and he died in April as we were putting the finishing touches to this manuscript. Pieter was a remarkable man in so many ways. He was a physician of great compassion, immense intellect, utter integrity and unshakeable scientific rigor. These qualities meant that his perspective on many clinical controversies was in great demand internationally. The European oncology community has lost one of its giants and I, a dear friend. This manuscript is dedicated to the memory of Professor Pieter de Mulder.