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Erin E Burke, Jonathan S Zager
Introduction Current treatment of advanced melanoma is rapidly changing with the introduction of new and effective therapies including systemic as well as locoregional therapies. An example of one such locoregional therapy is intralesional injection with talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC). Areas Covered T-VEC has been shown in a number of studies to be an effective treatment for patients with stage IIIB, IIIC and IVM1a melanoma. In this article the effectiveness, pharmacokinetics and safety profile of TVEC is reviewed...
March 20, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Kristian Taipale, Siri Tähtinen, Riikka Havunen, Anniina Koski, Ilkka Liikanen, Päivi Pakarinen, Riitta Koivisto-Korander, Matti Kankainen, Timo Joensuu, Anna Kanerva, Akseli Hemminki
After the landmark approval of T-VEC, oncolytic viruses are finding their way to the clinics. However, response rates have still room for improvement, and unfortunately there are currently no available markers to predict responses for oncolytic immunotherapy. Interleukin 8 (IL-8) production is upregulated in many cancers and it also connects to several pathways that have been shown to impair the efficacy of adenoviral immunotherapy. We studied the role of IL-8 in 103 cancer patients treated with oncolytic adenoviruses...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
John Shen, Jason Chang, Melody Mendenhall, Grace Cherry, Jonathan W Goldman, Rajan P Kulkarni
Background: The anti-programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) and anti-programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) immunotherapies have shown exceptional activity in many cancers. However, these immunotherapies can also result in diverse adverse cutaneous eruptions that need to be better characterized for ongoing management. The objective was to provide clinical and histopathologic descriptions of the variety of cutaneous adverse events seen in patients who received anti-PD-1/PD-L1 treatment and discuss their management...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
ZhenLong Ye, Qiming Qian, HuaJun Jin, QiJun Qian
Cancer vaccines have been exclusively studied all through the past decades, and have made exceptional achievements in cancer treatment. Few cancer vaccines have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for instance, Provenge, which was approved for the treatment of prostate carcinoma in 2012. Moreover, more recently, T-VEC got approval for the treatment of melanoma. While, the overall therapeutic effects of cancer vaccines have been taken into consideration as below expectations, low antigenicity of targeting antigen and tumor heterogeneity are the two key limiting barriers encountered by the cancer vaccines...
2018: Journal of Cancer
Zi J Wu, Feng R Tang, Zhao-Wu Ma, Xiao-Chun Peng, Ying Xiang, Yanling Zhang, Jingbo Kang, Jiafu Ji, Xiao Q Liu, Xian-Wang Wang, Hong-Wu Xin, Bo X Ren
In 2003 in China, Peng et al. invented the recombinant adenovirus expressing p53 (Gendicine) for clinical tumor virotherapy. This was the first clinically approved gene therapy and tumor virotherapy drug in the world. An oncolytic herpes simplex virus expressing granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (Talimogene laherparepvec) was approved for melanoma treatment in the United States in 2015. Since then, oncolytic viruses have been attracting more and more attention in the field of oncology, and may become novel significant modalities of tumor precision imaging and radiotherapy after further improvement...
February 2018: Human Gene Therapy
Adam Ajina, John Maher
With the approval of talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) for inoperable locally advanced or metastatic malignant melanoma in the USA and Europe, oncolytic virotherapy is now emerging as a viable therapeutic option for cancer patients. In parallel, following the favourable results of several clinical trials, adoptive cell transfer using chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-redirected T-cells is anticipated to enter routine clinical practice for the management of chemotherapy-refractory B-cell malignancies. However, CAR T-cell therapy for patients with advanced solid tumours has proved far less successful...
November 21, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Lisa M Wall, Abigail Baldwin-Medsker
BACKGROUND: Talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) is the first oncolytic virus (OV) to demonstrate therapeutic benefit for the treatment of advanced melanoma. As a live virus, the use of T-VEC in medical and surgical outpatient clinics posed challenges. 
. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this article is to describe the challenges faced when introducing an OV treatment into outpatient clinics and the processes implemented to ensure safety for patients, caregivers, and staff across the care continuum...
October 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Guy Ungerechts, Christine E Engeland, Christian J Buchholz, Jürgen Eberle, Henry Fechner, Karsten Geletneky, Per Sonne Holm, Florian Kreppel, Florian Kühnel, Karl Sebastian Lang, Mathias F Leber, Antonio Marchini, Markus Moehler, Michael D Mühlebach, Jean Rommelaere, Christoph Springfeld, Ulrich M Lauer, Dirk M Nettelbeck
Virotherapy is a unique modality for treatment of cancer with oncolytic viruses (OVs) that selectively infect and lyse tumor cells, spread within tumors, and activate anti-tumor immunity. Different viruses are being developed as OVs preclinically and clinically, several of them engineered to encode therapeutic proteins for tumor-targeted gene therapy. Scientists and clinicians in Germany have made significant contributions to OV research and development, which are highlighted in this review article. Innovative strategies for "shielding", entry- or post-entry targeting, and "arming" of OVs have been established focusing on adeno-, measles, parvo-, and vaccinia virus platforms...
September 4, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
Virginia Seery
BACKGROUND: Talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) is the first intralesional therapy for melanoma approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This oncolytic viral immunotherapy has improved outcomes for patients with locoregional recurrent melanoma and is showing promise in combination with systemic therapies. 
. OBJECTIVES: This article aims to provide oncology nurses with expert guidance on best practices in incorporating intralesional therapy for patients diagnosed with melanoma in practice...
August 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
J K Winkler, K Buder-Bakhaya, A Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss, A Enk, J C Hassel
CLINICAL ISSUE: The incidence of malignant melanoma is continuously increasing. The prognosis of metastatic disease is still limited. STANDARD TREATMENT: Until a few years ago palliative chemotherapy with a limited response rate was the standard treatment for metastatic melanoma. TREATMENT INNOVATIONS: Immunotherapy and targeted therapy provide new treatment options. Immune checkpoint inhibitors have significantly improved the prognosis. DIAGNOSTIC WORK-UP: Regional lymph node sonography, computed tomography (CT) of the neck, chest and abdomen and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are routinely used...
October 2017: Der Radiologe
Susanne G Warner, Michael P O'Leary, Yuman Fong
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review will highlight recent advances in the clinical application of oncolytic viral therapy. RECENT FINDINGS: Until recently, oncolytic viral researchers saw the immune system as an enemy that would clear the virus from the bloodstream. However, researchers now understand that sustained responses are seen in those patients with more robust antitumor immune responses. Much of the current focus in oncolytic viral research is trained on manipulation of the immune system to affect cancer cell killing in the tumor microenvironment and to facilitate durable systemic antitumor immunity...
September 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
Gustavo Schvartsman, Kristen Perez, Jill E Flynn, Jeffrey N Myers, Hussein Tawbi
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy plays a key role in the treatment of metastatic melanoma. Patients with autoimmune conditions and/or on immunosuppressive therapy due to orthotropic transplants, however, are systematically excluded from clinical trials. Talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) is the first oncolytic virus to be approved by the FDA for cancer therapy. To our knowledge, this is the first report of T-VEC being administered in the setting of an organ transplant recipient. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we present the case of a patient with recurrent locally advanced cutaneous melanoma receiving salvage T-VEC therapy in the setting of orthotropic heart transplantation...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Daniel E Meyers, Amanda A Wang, Chandini M Thirukkumaran, Don G Morris
Oncolytic viruses (OV) represent a promising strategy to augment the spectrum of cancer therapeutics. For efficacy, they rely on two general mechanisms: tumor-specific infection/cell-killing, followed by subsequent activation of the host's adaptive immune response. Numerous OV genera have been utilized in clinical trials, ultimately culminating in the 2015 Food and Drug Administration approval of a genetically engineered herpes virus, Talminogene laherparepvec (T-VEC). It is generally accepted that OV as monotherapy have only modest clinical efficacy...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
Christos Fountzilas, Sukeshi Patel, Devalingam Mahalingam
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are viral strains that can infect and kill malignant cells while spare their normal counterparts. OVs can access cells through binding to receptors on their surface or through fusion with the plasma membrane and establish a lytic cycle in tumors, while leaving normal tissue essentially unharmed. Multiple viruses have been investigated in humans for the past century. IMLYGIC™ (T-VEC/Talimogene Laherparepvec), a genetically engineered Herpes Simplex Virus, is the first OV approved for use in the United States and the European Union for patients with locally advanced or non-resectable melanoma...
May 31, 2017: Oncotarget
Anna C Filley, Mahua Dey
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are an emerging class of targeted anticancer therapies designed to selectively infect, replicate in, and lyse malignant cells without causing harm to normal, healthy tissues. In addition to direct oncolytic activity, OVs have shown dual promise as immunotherapeutic agents. The presence of viral infection and subsequently generated immunogenic tumor cell death trigger innate and adaptive immune responses that mediate further tumor destruction. However, antiviral immune responses can intrinsically limit OV infection, spread, and overall therapeutic efficacy...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
Stephen J Russell, Kah-Whye Peng
Viruses can be engineered or adapted for selective propagation in neoplastic tissues and further modified for therapeutic transgene expression to enhance their antitumor potency and druggability. Oncolytic viruses (OVs) can be administered locally or intravenously and spread to a variable degree at sites of tumor growth. OV-infected tumor cells die in situ, releasing viral and tumor antigens that are phagocytosed by macrophages, transported to regional lymph nodes, and presented to antigen-reactive T cells, which proliferate before dispersing to kill uninfected tumor cells at distant sites...
May 3, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Patricia A Corrigan, Caroline Beaulieu, Rashmi B Patel, Denise K Lowe
OBJECTIVE: To review the efficacy and safety of talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) as well as its pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, drug-drug interactions, handling procedures, cost considerations, and place in therapy. DATA SOURCES: Searches of PubMed (1966 to February 2017) and Cochrane Library (1999 to February 2017) were conducted using the terms talimogene laherparepvec, T-VEC, OncoVEX, immunotherapy, melanoma, and oncolytic virus. Additional information was determined from bibliographies, manufacturer product labeling and website, meeting abstracts, Food and Drug Administration website, and clinicaltrials...
August 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Satoru Taguchi, Hiroshi Fukuhara, Yukio Homma, Tomoki Todo
Oncolytic virus therapy has recently been recognized as a promising new option for cancer treatment. Oncolytic viruses replicate selectively in cancer cells, thus killing them without harming normal cells. Notably, T-VEC (talimogene laherparepvec, formerly called OncoVEX(GM)(-)(CSF) ), an oncolytic herpes simplex virus type 1, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of inoperable melanoma in October 2015, and was subsequently approved in Europe and Australia in 2016. The efficacies of many types of oncolytic viruses against urological cancers have been investigated in preclinical studies during the past decade, and some have already been tested in clinical trials...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
Nigel Fleeman, Adrian Bagust, Angela Boland, Sophie Beale, Marty Richardson, Ashma Krishan, Angela Stainthorpe, Ahmed Abdulla, Eleanor Kotas, Lindsay Banks, Miranda Payne
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the manufacturer (Amgen) of talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) to submit clinical and cost-effectiveness evidence for previously untreated advanced (unresectable or metastatic) melanoma as part of the Institute's Single Technology Appraisal process. The Liverpool Reviews and Implementation Group (LRiG) at the University of Liverpool was commissioned to act as the Evidence Review Group (ERG). This article presents a summary of the company's submission of T-VEC, the ERG review and the resulting NICE guidance (TA410), issued in September 2016...
October 2017: PharmacoEconomics
Hani M Babiker, Irbaz Bin Riaz, Muhammad Husnain, Mitesh J Borad
The treatment of metastatic melanoma has evolved from an era where interferon and chemotherapy were the mainstay of treatments to an era where immunotherapy has become the frontline. Ipilimumab (IgG1 CTLA-4 inhibitor), nivolumab (IgG4 PD-1 inhibitor), pembrolizumab (IgG4 PD-1 inhibitor) and nivolumab combined with ipilimumab have become first-line therapies in patients with metastatic melanoma. In addition, the high prevalence of BRAF mutations in melanoma has led to the discovery and approval of targeted molecules, such as vemurafenib (BRAF kinase inhibitor) and trametinib (MEK inhibitor), as they yielded improved responses and survival in malignant melanoma patients...
2017: Oncolytic Virotherapy
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