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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284202/pembrolizumab-in-asia-pacific-patients-with-advanced-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-analyses-from-keynote-012
#1
Makoto Tahara, Kei Muro, Yasuhisa Hasegawa, Hyun Cheol Chung, Chia-Chi Lin, Bhumsuk Keam, Kenichi Takahashi, Jonathan D Cheng, Yung-Jue Bang
KEYNOTE-012 was a phase Ib, multicohort study designed to investigate efficacy and safety of pembrolizumab in advanced solid tumors. Results from the subset of patients with recurrent/metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) from the Asia-Pacific region are reported. Patients with recurrent/metastatic HNSCC, measurable disease (Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors, version 1.1 [RECIST v1.1]), and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status (ECOG PS) 0-1 were eligible for enrollment in the HNSCC expansion cohort...
December 28, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231907/activated-hgf-c-met-axis-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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REVIEW
Levi Arnold, Jonathan Enders, Sufi Mary Thomas
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is a highly morbid disease. Recent developments including Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved molecular targeted agent's pembrolizumab and cetuximab show promise but did not improve the five-year survival which is currently less than 40%. The hepatocyte growth factor receptor; also known as mesenchymal-epithelial transition factor (c-Met) and its ligand hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) are overexpressed in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC); and regulates tumor progression and response to therapy...
December 12, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185392/immunotherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-evidence-and-perspectives
#3
Alicia Tosoni, Enrico Franceschi, Ernesto Pasquini, Andrea Lanese, Elisa Donini, Maria Pia Foschini, Danilo Dall'Olio, Alba A Brandes
Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas evade immune response through multiple immunologic resistance mechanisms. Two of the most commonly involved checkpoint inhibitory mechanisms are CTLA-4 and PD-1/PD-L1, which act at earlier and later stages of immune response to tumors. Pembrolizumab and nivolumab are PD-1 antibodies that interrupt the immunosuppressive pathway of inhibitory checkpoints, which are used by tumor cells to prevent immune reaction. Both recently gained US FDA approval for the treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck cancer with disease progression during or following platinum containing chemotherapy...
December 2017: Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156447/pd-1-blockade-in-advanced-nsclc-a-focus-on-pembrolizumab
#4
REVIEW
Solange Peters, Keith M Kerr, Rolf Stahel
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is one of the most prevalent cancers and is responsible for a large proportion of all cancer-related deaths. Current treatment options are inadequate, reflecting a substantial unmet clinical need. Increasing knowledge regarding the mechanisms and genetic aberrations underlying tumor development and growth has heralded a new era of therapy in oncology, moving away from indiscriminate cytotoxic chemotherapy toward more finely focused, targeted medicine. The development of small-molecule drugs and monoclonal antibodies directed toward specific components of dysfunctional molecular or immune pathways, and mutated genes specific to particular cancer types, is leading the field to more personalized and less toxic treatment options, many of which have demonstrated greater efficacy and survival benefits than their chemotherapeutic counterparts...
October 23, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069302/mechanistic-overview-of-immune-checkpoints-to-support-the-rational-design-of-their-combinations-in-cancer-immunotherapy
#5
A Rotte, J Y Jin, V Lemaire
Checkpoint receptor blockers, known to act by blocking the pathways that inhibit immune cell activation and stimulate immune responses against tumor cells, have been immensely successful in the treatment of cancer. Among several checkpoint receptors of immune cells, cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein-4 (CTLA-4), programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1), T-cell immunoglobulin and ITIM domain (TIGIT), T-cell immunoglobulin-3 (TIM-3) and lymphocyte activation gene 3 (LAG-3) are the most commonly targeted checkpoints for cancer immunotherapy...
October 24, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923211/nivolumab-and-pembrolizumab-monoclonal-antibodies-against-programmed-cell-death-1-pd-1-that-are-interchangeable
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REVIEW
Vinay Prasad, Victoria Kaestner
Nivolumab (Opdivo, Bristol Meyer Squibb, New York, NY) and pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck, Kenilworth, NJ) are the first two US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved monoclonal antibodies targeting programmed death-1 (PD-1). Nivolumab and pembrolizumab work by interfering with the interaction between PD-1 and programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1), whose unimpeded interaction downregulates T cells allowing cancer cells to evade immune surveillance. These drugs have earned a series of FDA approvals for melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC), urothelial cancer, classical Hodgkin lymphoma, and renal cell cancer...
April 2017: Seminars in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919706/profile-of-pembrolizumab-in-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-design-development-and-place-in-therapy
#7
REVIEW
Sulsal Haque, Mahender Yellu, Jaskirat Randhawa, Nooshin Hashemi-Sadraei
Head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC) is the sixth most common malignancy worldwide, and despite advances in cytotoxic, surgical and radiation techniques, outcomes are still poor in those with both locally advanced and metastatic diseases. The need for development of better therapeutics along with a greater understanding of the relationship between the immune system and malignancies has led to a new therapeutic modality, immune modulators, particularly checkpoint inhibitors in HNSCC. It is now well recognized that HNSCC circumvents crucial pathways utilized by the immune system to escape surveillance...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883282/development-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
#8
Shigehisa Kitano
Immune checkpoint inhibitors are the most striking innovation in the clinical development of immunotherapy. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) restore and augment the antitumor immune activities of cytotoxic T cells by mainly blocking immune checkpoint molecules on T cells or their ligands on antigen-presenting and tumor cells. Based on preclinical data, many clinical trials have demonstrated the acceptable safety profiles and efficacies of mAb in various cancers. The A first-in-class approved immune checkpoint inhibitor is ipilimumab, which is a fully humanized mAb that blocks the immunosuppressive signal by cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760910/epacadostat-shows-value-in-two-scchn-trials
#9
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In the ECHO-202/KEYNOTE-037 and ECHO-204 trials reported at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck responded well to the combinations of epacadostat plus pembrolizumab and epacadostat plus nivolumab. An IDO1 inhibitor, epacadostat also demonstrated promising activity in combination with the PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors in other solid tumors, including melanoma, urothelial carcinoma, renal cell carcinoma, and non-small cell lung cancer...
July 31, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756306/atypical-responses-in-patients-with-advanced-melanoma-lung-cancer-renal-cell-carcinoma-and-other-solid-tumors-treated-with-anti-pd-1-drugs-a-systematic-review
#10
REVIEW
Paola Queirolo, Francesco Spagnolo
Anti-programmed death receptor 1 (PD-1) drugs nivolumab and pembrolizumab were recently approved for the treatment of advanced melanoma and other solid tumors. Atypical patterns of response (i.e. tumor shrinkage or stabilization after initial progression) were observed in about 10% of metastatic melanoma patients treated with anti-cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4) drug ipilimumab and were associated with improved survival; however, the rate of atypical response patterns to anti-PD-1 therapy is not clear...
September 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666240/myasthenia-gravis-an-emerging-toxicity-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
#11
REVIEW
D Makarious, K Horwood, J I G Coward
The advent of immunotherapy has heralded a number of significant advances in the treatment of particular malignancies associated with poor prognosis (melanoma, non-small-cell lung, renal and head/neck cancers). The success witnessed with therapeutic agents targeting cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4, programmed cell death protein 1 and programmed cell death ligand 1 immune checkpoints has inevitably led to an explosion in their clinical application and the subsequent recognition of specific toxicity profiles distinct from those long recognised with chemotherapy...
September 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650338/ifn-%C3%AE-related-mrna-profile-predicts-clinical-response-to-pd-1-blockade
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Mark Ayers, Jared Lunceford, Michael Nebozhyn, Erin Murphy, Andrey Loboda, David R Kaufman, Andrew Albright, Jonathan D Cheng, S Peter Kang, Veena Shankaran, Sarina A Piha-Paul, Jennifer Yearley, Tanguy Y Seiwert, Antoni Ribas, Terrill K McClanahan
Programmed death-1-directed (PD-1-directed) immune checkpoint blockade results in durable antitumor activity in many advanced malignancies. Recent studies suggest that IFN-γ is a critical driver of programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) expression in cancer and host cells, and baseline intratumoral T cell infiltration may improve response likelihood to anti-PD-1 therapies, including pembrolizumab. However, whether quantifying T cell-inflamed microenvironment is a useful pan-tumor determinant of PD-1-directed therapy response has not been rigorously evaluated...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619999/pd-l2-expression-in-human-tumors-relevance-to-anti-pd-1-therapy-in-cancer
#13
Jennifer H Yearley, Christopher Gibson, Ni Yu, Christina Moon, Erin Murphy, Jonathan Juco, Jared Lunceford, Jonathan Cheng, Laura Q M Chow, Tanguy Y Seiwert, Masahisa Handa, Joanne E Tomassini, Terrill McClanahan
Purpose: Tumor-associated PD-L1 expression is predictive of clinical response to PD-1-directed immunotherapy. However, PD-L1-negative patients may also respond to PD-1 checkpoint blockade, suggesting that other PD-1 ligands may be relevant to the clinical activity of these therapies. The prevalence of PD-L2, the other known ligand of PD-1, and its relationship to response to anti-PD-1 therapy were evaluated.Experimental Design: PD-L2 expression was assessed in archival tumor tissue from seven indications using a novel immunohistochemical assay...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602169/toxicities-of-systemic-agents-in-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck-scchn-a-new-perspective-in-the-era-of-immunotherapy
#14
REVIEW
Nabil F Saba, Mayur D Mody, Elaine S Tan, Harpaul S Gill, Alessandra Rinaldo, Robert P Takes, Primož Strojan, Dana M Hartl, Jan B Vermorken, Missak Haigentz, Alfio Ferlito
Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) is a difficult to treat malignancy and represents the seventh most common cancer worldwide. Systemic therapy has a critical role in the treatment of locally advanced and recurrent/metastatic disease. Cytotoxic chemotherapy has been primarily used along with radiation and surgery, with cisplatin being the standard of care choice of therapy. When contraindications to cisplatin exist, other agents such as carboplatin, taxanes, 5-fluorouracil, and cetuximab are used...
July 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581126/systemic-therapy-for-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-historical-perspectives-and-recent-breakthroughs
#15
REVIEW
Michael A Blasco, Peter F Svider, S Naweed Raza, John R Jacobs, Adam J Folbe, Pankhoori Saraf, Jean Anderson Eloy, Soly Baredes, Andrew M Fribley
OBJECTIVES: Despite dramatic developments in drugs established for other malignancies, historically there have been few novel systemic agents available for the management of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). However, the last decade has observed increased interest in targeted therapies for HNSCC. In 2006, cetuximab became the first major drug for HNSCC to gain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 3 decades. Recently, both pembrolizumab and nivolumab gained FDA approval for treatment of recurrent or metastatic HNSCC, and trials for other indications in HNSCC are actively underway...
November 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573468/time-dependent-pharmacokinetics-of-pembrolizumab-in-patients-with-solid-tumor-and-its-correlation-with-best-overall-response
#16
Hongshan Li, Jingyu Yu, Chao Liu, Jiang Liu, Sriram Subramaniam, Hong Zhao, Gideon M Blumenthal, David C Turner, Claire Li, Malidi Ahamadi, Rik de Greef, Manash Chatterjee, Anna G Kondic, Julie A Stone, Brian P Booth, Patricia Keegan, Atiqur Rahman, Yaning Wang
Pembrolizumab is a monoclonal antibody that targets the programmed death-1 receptor to induce immune-mediated clearance (CL) of tumor cells. Originally approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2014 for treating patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma, pembrolizumab is now also used to treat patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, classical Hodgkin lymphoma, head and neck cancer, and urothelial cancer. This paper describes the recently identified feature of pembrolizumab pharmacokinetics, the time-dependent or time-varying CL...
October 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571578/immunotherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-aiming-at-extreme-precision
#17
Petr Szturz, Jan B Vermorken
BACKGROUND: Locoregionally advanced, recurrent, and metastatic squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck (SCCHN) remain difficult to treat disease entities, in which systemic treatment often forms an integral part of their management. Immunotherapy is based on functional restoration of the host immune system, helping to counteract various tumour evasion strategies. Broadly, immunotherapeutic approaches encompass tumour-specific antibodies, cancer vaccines, cytokines, adoptive T-cell transfer, and immune-modulating agents...
June 2, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557105/major-response-to-pembrolizumab-in-two-patients-with-locally-advanced-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#18
LETTER
E Degache, J Crochet, N Simon, M Tardieu, S Trabelsi, M Moncourier, I Templier, L Foroni, A Lemoigne, N Pinel, H Gil, L Bouillet, M T Leccia, J Charles
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 30, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536670/evidence-based-treatment-options-in-recurrent-and-or-metastatic-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck
#19
REVIEW
Athanassios Argiris, Kevin J Harrington, Makoto Tahara, Jeltje Schulten, Pauline Chomette, Ana Ferreira Castro, Lisa Licitra
The major development of the past decade in the first-line treatment of recurrent and/or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (R/M SCCHN) was the introduction of cetuximab in combination with platinum plus 5-fluorouracil chemotherapy (CT), followed by maintenance cetuximab (the "EXTREME" regimen). This regimen is supported by a phase 3 randomized trial and subsequent observational studies, and it confers well-documented survival benefits, with median survival ranging between approximately 10 and 14 months, overall response rates between 36 and 44%, and disease control rates of over 80%...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533473/fda-approval-summary-pembrolizumab-for-the-treatment-of-recurrent-or-metastatic-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-with-disease-progression-on-or-after-platinum-containing-chemotherapy
#20
Erin Larkins, Gideon M Blumenthal, Weishi Yuan, Kun He, Rajeshwari Sridhara, Sriram Subramaniam, Hong Zhao, Chao Liu, Jingyu Yu, Kirsten B Goldberg, Amy E McKee, Patricia Keegan, Richard Pazdur
On August 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA injection, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ) for treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) with disease progression on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy. Approval was based on the objective response rate (ORR) and duration of response (DoR) in a cohort of patients in a nonrandomized multi-cohort trial (KEYNOTE-012) that included 174 patients with recurrent or metastatic HNSCC who had disease progression on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy...
July 2017: Oncologist
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