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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332608/concealed-complete-response-in-melanoma-patients-under-therapy-with-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-two-case-reports
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Stefan Schliep, Abbas Agaimy, Alexander Cavallaro, Franklin Kiesewetter, Gerold Schuler, Lucie Heinzerling
BACKGROUND: The assessment of tumor size by RECIST using CT scans and MRIs is considered to be standard of care for staging cancer patients. Despite radiologic evidence of widespread disease, we document for the first time that patients were completely free of viable tumor. CASE PRESENTATION: Two patients with metastatic melanoma were treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors (ipilimumab/ nivolumab) and progressive metastases were detected on CT-scans performed shortly before histologic examinations...
January 15, 2018: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332184/neurologic-complications-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
#2
Avi Fellner, Chen Makranz, Michal Lotem, Felix Bokstein, Alisa Taliansky, Shai Rosenberg, Deborah T Blumenthal, Jacob Mandel, Suzana Fichman, Elena Kogan, Israel Steiner, Tali Siegal, Alexander Lossos, Shlomit Yust-Katz
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICPIs) have recently emerged as a novel treatment for cancer. These agents, transforming the field of oncology, are not devoid of toxicity and cause immune-related side effects which can involve any organ including the nervous system. In this study, we present 9 patients (7 men and 2 women) with neurologic complications secondary to ICPI treatment. These included meningoencephalitis, limbic encephalitis, polyradiculitis, cranial polyneuropathy, myasthenic syndrome and myositis...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331646/progress-in-the-management-of-advanced-thoracic-malignancies-in-2017
#3
REVIEW
Roberto Ferrara, Laura Mezquita, Benjamin Besse
The treatment paradigm of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) underwent a major revolution during the course of 2017. Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) brought remarkable improvements in response and overall survival (OS) both in unselected pretreated patients and in untreated patients with PD-L1 expression ≥50%. Furthermore, compelling preliminary results were reported for new combinations of anti-PD-1/PD-L1 agents with chemotherapy or anti-CTLA4 inhibitors. The success of the ICIs appeared to extend to patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC), mesothelioma or thymic tumors...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330750/immunologic-and-gene-expression-profiles-of-spontaneous-canine-oligodendrogliomas
#4
Anna Filley, Mario Henriquez, Tanmoy Bhowmik, Brij Nath Tewari, Xi Rao, Jun Wan, Margaret A Miller, Yunlong Liu, R Timothy Bentley, Mahua Dey
Malignant glioma (MG), the most common primary brain tumor in adults, is extremely aggressive and uniformly fatal. Several treatment strategies have shown significant preclinical promise in murine models of glioma; however, none have produced meaningful clinical responses in human patients. We hypothesize that introduction of an additional preclinical animal model better approximating the complexity of human MG, particularly in interactions with host immune responses, will bridge the existing gap between these two stages of testing...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330579/-initially-undetected-de-novo-psoriasis-triggered-by-nivolumab-for-metastatic-base-of-the-tongue-carcinoma
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S Troyanova-Slavkova, L Eickenscheidt, K Dumann, L Kowalzick
Nivolumab is a monoclonal antibody that binds to the PD-1 receptor on T cells and inhibits the interaction with the PD-L1 and PD-L2 ligands on cancer cells. Thus, nivolumab has immunostimulatory properties. The known side effects of this therapy include fatigue, skin rash, dysfunction of the thyroid gland and colitis, which are explained by the immunoregulatory mechanisms of the drug. Here we report on the case of a 58-year-old man with metastatic base of tongue carcinoma who developed de novo psoriasis triggered by nivolumab...
January 12, 2018: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330552/dosimetry-prediction-for-clinical-translation-of-64cu-pembrolizumab-immunopet-targeting-human-pd-1-expression
#6
Arutselvan Natarajan, Chirag B Patel, Frezghi Habte, Sanjiv S Gambhir
The immune checkpoint programmed death 1 receptor (PD-1) expressed on some tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, and its ligand (PD-L1) expressed on tumor cells, enable cancers to evade the immune system. Blocking PD-1 with the monoclonal antibody pembrolizumab is a promising immunotherapy strategy. Thus, noninvasively quantifying the presence of PD-1 expression in the tumor microenvironment prior to initiation of immune checkpoint blockade may identify the patients likely to respond to therapy. We have developed a 64Cu-pembrolizumab radiotracer and evaluated human dosimetry...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330207/early-assessment-of-lung-cancer-immunotherapy-response-via-circulating-tumor-dna
#7
Sarah B Goldberg, Azeet Narayan, Adam J Kole, Roy H Decker, Jimmitti Teysir, Nicholas J Carriero, Angela Lee, Roxanne Nemati, Sameer K Nath, Shrikant M Mane, Yanhong Deng, Nitin Sukumar, Daniel Zelterman, Daniel J Boffa, Katerina Politi, Scott Gettinger, Lynn D Wilson, Roy S Herbst, Abhijit A Patel
PURPOSE: Decisions to continue or suspend therapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors are commonly guided by tumor dynamics seen on serial imaging.  However, immunotherapy responses are uniquely challenging to interpret because tumors often shrink slowly or can appear transiently enlarged due to inflammation.  We hypothesized that monitoring tumor cell death in real-time by quantifying changes in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) levels could enable early assessment of immunotherapy efficacy...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329556/cancer-immunotherapy-beyond-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Julian A Marin-Acevedo, Aixa E Soyano, Bhagirathbhai Dholaria, Keith L Knutson, Yanyan Lou
Malignant cells have the capacity to rapidly grow exponentially and spread in part by suppressing, evading, and exploiting the host immune system. Immunotherapy is a form of oncologic treatment directed towards enhancing the host immune system against cancer. In recent years, manipulation of immune checkpoints or pathways has emerged as an important and effective form of immunotherapy. Agents that target cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated molecule-4 (CTLA-4), programmed cell death receptor-1 (PD-1), and programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) are the most widely studied and recognized...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329113/therapeutic-hiv-1-vaccine-time-for-immunomodulation-and-combinatorial-strategies
#9
Nabila Seddiki, Yves Lévy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose is to recall some of the key immunological elements that are at the crossroad and need to be combined for developing a potent therapeutic HIV-1 vaccine. RECENT FINDINGS: Therapeutic vaccines and cytokines have been commonly used to enhance and/or recall preexisting HIV-1 specific cell-mediated immune responses aiming to suppress virus replication. While the vaccine is important to stimulate HIV-1 specific T-cell responses, the cytokine may support the expansion of the stimulated virus-specific T cells...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327061/egfr-tki-associated-interstitial-pneumonitis-in-nivolumab-treated-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#10
Yasuo Oshima, Tetsuya Tanimoto, Koichiro Yuji, Arinobu Tojo
Importance: Nivolumab and epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) are now the standard-of-care therapies in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Although EGFR-TKIs are well understood and have well-defined safety profiles, our experience with immune checkpoint inhibitors is still growing, particularly regarding the use of combinations of different classes of antitumor agents, including both the concomitant and sequential use of such agents. Objective: To determine whether nivolumab increases EGFR-TKI-associated interstitial pneumonitis (IP)...
January 11, 2018: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326816/immune-checkpoint-inhibition-prospects-for-prevention-and-therapy-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Caryn L Elsegood, Janina Ee Tirnitz-Parker, John K Olynyk, George Ct Yeoh
The global prevalence of liver cancer is rapidly rising, mostly as a result of the amplified incidence rates of viral hepatitis, alcohol abuse and obesity in recent decades. Treatment options for liver cancer are remarkably limited with sorafenib being the gold standard for advanced, unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma but offering extremely limited improvement of survival time. The immune system is now recognised as a key regulator of cancer development through its ability to protect against infection and chronic inflammation, which promote cancer development, and eliminate tumour cells when present...
November 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326431/impact-of-oncogenic-pathways-on-evasion-of-antitumour-immune-responses
#12
REVIEW
Stefani Spranger, Thomas F Gajewski
Immunotherapeutic interventions are showing effectiveness across a wide range of cancer types, but only a subset of patients shows clinical response to therapy. Responsiveness to checkpoint blockade immunotherapy is favoured by the presence of a local, CD8+ T cell-based immune response within the tumour microenvironment. As molecular analyses of tumours containing or lacking a productive CD8+ T cell infiltrate are being pursued, increasing evidence is indicating that activation of oncogenic pathways in tumour cells can impair induction or execution of a local antitumour immune response...
January 12, 2018: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325739/anti-programmed-cell-death-1-ligand-1-pd-1-pd-l1-antibodies-for-the-treatment-of-urothelial-carcinoma-state-of-the-art-and-future-development
#13
REVIEW
Thomas Powles, Andrea Necchi, Galit Rosen, Subramanian Hariharan, Andrea B Apolo
Immunotherapy with programmed cell death 1/ligand 1 (PD-1/PD-L1) checkpoint inhibitors has expanded a previously limited pool of effective treatment options for patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma, particularly those with recurring or refractory disease and those who are ineligible for cisplatin. This review reports key findings from completed and ongoing clinical trials that highlight the potential of PD-1/PD-L1 blockade in urothelial carcinoma. A literature search was performed of PubMed, Embase, ClinicalTrials...
December 6, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325434/collection-of-real-world-data-on-nivolumab-s-effectiveness-in-renal-cell-carcinoma-rationale-for-an-observational-study
#14
Jens Bedke, Marc-Oliver Grimm, Viktor Grünwald
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) represents the seventh (men) respectively tenth (women) most frequent cancer in western countries. After one or more lines of VEGF-targeted therapy, immunotherapy with nivolumab is strongly recommended in patients with metastatic RCC. Nivolumab is the first, and so far, only approved programmed death 1 (PD-1) immune checkpoint inhibitor to demonstrate a gain in overall survival in RCC. We describe herein design and rationale of trial CA209653 ('NIS NORA'), a prospective, noninterventional cohort study investigating the effectiveness of nivolumab...
January 12, 2018: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324212/managing-patients-with-oligometastatic-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#15
Sarah Jo Stephens, Michael J Moravan, Joseph K Salama
Metastatic lung cancer has long been considered incurable, with the goal of treatment being palliation. However, a clinically meaningful number of these patients with limited metastases (approximately 25%) are living long term after definitive treatment to all sites of active disease. These patients with so-called oligometastatic disease likely represent a distinct clinical group who may possess a more indolent biology compared with their more widely metastatic counterparts. Hellman and Weichselbaum proposed the existence of the oligometastatic state, on the basis of the spectrum theory of cancer spread...
January 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323560/the-prospects-for-combination-therapy-with-capecitabine-in-the-rapidly-evolving-treatment-landscape-of-renal-cell-carcinoma
#16
Mehmet Asim Bilen, Jennifer Wilkinson-Carlisle, Guru Sonpavde
Although significant advances have been made in the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), patients still develop resistance to standard therapies and require the administration of subsequent lines of treatment. New therapeutic approaches are thus imperative to improve the prognosis for patients with RCC. Areas covered: Based on the current literature, we summarize the treatment of metastatic RCC, including the use of cytotoxic chemotherapy, in this review article. We also review the existing scientific literature regarding the role of capecitabine in the treatment of RCC...
January 11, 2018: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321933/acute-progression-of-aspergillosis-in-a-patient-with-lung-cancer-receiving-nivolumab
#17
Naohiro Uchida, Kohei Fujita, Koichi Nakatani, Tadashi Mio
A 65-year-old man with chronic progressive pulmonary aspergillosis (CPPA) was admitted for the treatment of lung adenocarcinoma while receiving an immune checkpoint inhibitor, nivolumab. The tumour responded well to the therapy, but the cavity of CPPA became large in contrast to the tumour after 20 courses of therapy. He was diagnosed as having exacerbation of CPPA and successfully and concurrently treated with an antifungal agent and nivolumab. Since there was absence of obvious immunosuppression and the presence of a drastic effect on tumour remission during nivolumab therapy, this phenomenon suggested that the trigger of CPPA progression was dependent not on immunosuppression but on a hyperreaction to microorganisms, which was similar to the immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome caused by nivolumab...
February 2018: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320474/high-response-rate-to-pd-1-blockade-in-desmoplastic-melanomas
#18
Zeynep Eroglu, Jesse M Zaretsky, Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, Dae Won Kim, Alain Algazi, Douglas B Johnson, Elizabeth Liniker, Ben Kong, Rodrigo Munhoz, Suthee Rapisuwon, Pier Federico Gherardini, Bartosz Chmielowski, Xiaoyan Wang, I Peter Shintaku, Cody Wei, Jeffrey A Sosman, Richard W Joseph, Michael A Postow, Matteo S Carlino, Wen-Jen Hwu, Richard A Scolyer, Jane Messina, Alistair J Cochran, Georgina V Long, Antoni Ribas
Desmoplastic melanoma is a rare subtype of melanoma characterized by dense fibrous stroma, resistance to chemotherapy and a lack of actionable driver mutations, and is highly associated with ultraviolet light-induced DNA damage. We analysed sixty patients with advanced desmoplastic melanoma who had been treated with antibodies to block programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) or PD-1 ligand (PD-L1). Objective tumour responses were observed in forty-two of the sixty patients (70%; 95% confidence interval 57-81%), including nineteen patients (32%) with a complete response...
January 10, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319049/mechanisms-of-resistance-to-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
#19
REVIEW
Russell W Jenkins, David A Barbie, Keith T Flaherty
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) targeting CTLA-4 and the PD-1/PD-L1 axis have shown unprecedented clinical activity in several types of cancer and are rapidly transforming the practice of medical oncology. Whereas cytotoxic chemotherapy and small molecule inhibitors ('targeted therapies') largely act on cancer cells directly, immune checkpoint inhibitors reinvigorate anti-tumour immune responses by disrupting co-inhibitory T-cell signalling. While resistance routinely develops in patients treated with conventional cancer therapies and targeted therapies, durable responses suggestive of long-lasting immunologic memory are commonly seen in large subsets of patients treated with ICI...
January 2018: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318591/immune-checkpoint-molecules-in-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-managing-the-double-edged-sword
#20
REVIEW
Willemijn Hobo, Tim J A Hutten, Nicolaas P M Schaap, Harry Dolstra
New immunotherapeutic interventions have revolutionized cancer treatment. The immune responsiveness of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) was first demonstrated by allogeneic stem cell transplantation. In addition, milder immunotherapeutic approaches are exploited. However, the long-term efficacy of these therapies is hampered by various immune resistance and editing mechanisms. In this regard, co-inhibitory signalling pathways have been shown to play a crucial role. Via up-regulation of inhibitory checkpoints, tumour-reactive T cell and Natural Killer cell responses can be strongly impeded...
January 9, 2018: British Journal of Haematology
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