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Amruth R Palla, Donald Doll
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a rare skin cancer, is associated with high mortality, especially in a metastatic setting. Though conventional chemotherapy with platinum and etoposide has had high response rates, many of the patients have had early relapse without any effective therapy thereafter. Recently, immune check point inhibitors have shown very good durable responses, leading to the approval of a programmed death-ligand 1 inhibitor Avelumab for these patients. We briefly review the epidemiology and immune basis of the pathogenesis of MCC, which therefore explains the excellent response to check point inhibitors, and throw light on future directions of immunotherapy for this cancer...
2018: ImmunoTargets and Therapy
Lalit Kumar, P Harish, Prabhat S Malik, S Khurana
Management of cervical cancer has undergone refinement in the past two decades; concurrent chemo-radiation (CCRT) (with cisplatin alone or in combination) is currently the standard treatment approach for patients with locally advanced disease (FIGO stage IIB-IVA). About 30%-40% of such patients fail to achieve complete response; alternative approaches are needed to improve outcome for them. Treatment with bevacizumab (an inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor) along with chemotherapy is associated with improved survival in patients with recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer...
February 3, 2018: Current Problems in Cancer
Tsukasa Seya, Yohei Takeda, Ken Takashima, Sumito Yoshida, Masahiro Azuma, Misako Matsumoto
The immune system eliminates advanced cancer when treated with programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1) or its ligand (PD-L1) blockade, but PD-1 therapy is effective in only ∼20% of patients with solid cancer. The PD-1 antibody mainly acts on the effector phase of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) in tumors but induces no activation of the priming phase of antigen-presenting dendritic cells (DCs). It is reasonable that both DC-priming and PD-1/L1 blocking are mandatory for efficient CTL-mediated tumor cytolysis...
2018: Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences
Andrea Bianco, Umberto Malapelle, Danilo Rocco, Fabio Perrotta, Gennaro Mazzarella
Cancers have the ability to disrupt immune response by interfering with adaptive immunity. Blocking checkpoint pathways has become a target for pharmacological research in lung cancer with particular focus on peptides PD-1 and CTLA-4. A number of immune check-point inhibitors (ICIs) targeting both PD-1 and CTLA-4 pathways are under investigation within clinical trials, of which Nivolumab, Pembrolizumab and Atezolizumab have already been approved for lung cancer treatment by both FDA and EMA. Employed as single-agents in current practice for the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) ICIs have exhibited advantages in terms of overall survival and response rate with some responses being durable...
March 8, 2018: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
Salvatore Caponnetto, Arianna Draghi, Troels Holz Borch, Marianna Nuti, Enrico Cortesi, Inge Marie Svane, Marco Donia
The exclusion of "real-world" patients from registration clinical trials of cancer immunotherapy represents a significant emerging issue. For instance, a large fraction of cancer patients develops brain metastases during the course of the disease, but results from large prospective clinical trials investigating this considerable proportion of the cancer patient population are currently lacking. To provide a useful tool for the clinician in a "real-world" setting, we have reviewed the available literature regarding the safety and efficacy of immune check-point inhibitors in patients with cancer metastatic to the brain...
March 8, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Helmy M Guirgis
BACKGROUND: The impact of programmed death receptor-ligand1 (PD-L1) on costs and value of the immune check point inhibitors (ICPI) has received minimal attention. OBJECTIVES: 1- Design a sliding scale to grade survival in 2nd-line non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). 2- Compare costs and value of Nivolumab (Nivo), Atezolizumab (Atezo) and Pembrolizumab (Pembro) vs. Docetaxel (Doc). METHODS: Previously reported median overall survival (OS) and prices posted by parent company were utilized...
February 20, 2018: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Markus Leitinger, Mihael V Varosanec, Slaven Pikija, Romana E Wass, Dave Bandke, Serge Weis, Michael Studnicka, Susanne Grinzinger, Mark R McCoy, Larissa Hauer, Johann Sellner
Immune checkpoint inhibitors are antibodies, which enhance cellular and humoral immune responses and are approved for the treatment of various tumors. Immune-related adverse events (irAE) involving different organs and systems are, however, among the side-effects. Recent reports of severe persistent neurological deficits and even fatal cases underpin the need for better understanding of the exact pathomechanisms of central nervous system (CNS) toxicity. To our knowledge, we report the first biopsy-proven case of fatal necrotizing encephalopathy after treatment with nivolumab...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Baohui Han, Kai Li, Yizhuo Zhao, Baolan Li, Ying Cheng, Jianying Zhou, You Lu, Yuankai Shi, Zhehai Wang, Liyan Jiang, Yi Luo, Yiping Zhang, Cheng Huang, Qiang Li, Guoming Wu
BACKGROUND: Anlotinib (AL3818) is a novel multitarget tyrosine kinase inhibitor, inhibiting tumour angiogenesis and proliferative signalling. The objective of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of third-line anlotinib for patients with refractory advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (RA-NSCLC). METHODS: Eligible patients were randomised 1 : 1 to receive anlotinib (12 mg per day, per os; days 1-14; 21 days per cycle) or a placebo. The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS)...
March 6, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Amrita Padda, Elena Schiopu, Justin Sovich, Vincent Ma, Ajjai Alva, Leslie Fecher
BACKGROUND: Immune check point inhibitors (ICIs) have emerged as a new therapeutic paradigm for a variety of malignancies including metastatic melanoma. As the use of ICIs expand, immune-mediated adverse events are becoming a common occurrence. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe the first reported patient with small vessel vasculitis, manifested by digital ischemia, following treatment with high dose Ipilimumab for resected stage IIIB/C melanoma. This patient received high dose steroids, five-day intravenous (IV) Epoprostenol protocol, botulinum toxin injections, and Rituximab 375 mg/m2 weekly for four cycles...
February 12, 2018: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Ayako Sakakibara, Yuichiro Inagaki, Eiki Imaoka, Eri Ishikawa, Satoko Shimada, Kazuyuki Shimada, Yuka Suzuki, Shigeo Nakamura, Akira Satou, Kei Kohno
Intravascular large B-cell lymphoma (IVLBCL) is a rare and clinically distinctive entity characterized by the almost exclusive growth of large cells within the lumen of blood vessels in particular capillaries. Reports of this peculiar disease, do not commonly address the PD-L1 expression on IVLBCL tumor cells. Here, we describe a 51-year-old Japanese woman who presented with rapidly progressive cognitive decline and higher brain dysfunction. CT scan and MRI revealed multiple ischemic foci in the cerebral hemispheres, ground-glass opacity in the lungs, and splenomegaly...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hematopathology: JCEH
Samaresh Sau, Hashem O Alsaab, Ketki Bhise, Rami Alzhrani, Ghazal Nabil, Arun K Iyer
Several cancer immunotherapy approaches have been recently introduced into the clinics and they have shown remarkable therapeutic potentials. The groundbreaking cancer immunotherapeutic agents function as a stimulant or modulator of the body immune system to fight against or kill cancers. Although targeted immunotherapies such as immune check point inhibitors (CTLA-4 or PD-1/PD-L1), DNA vaccination and CAR-T therapy are revolutionizing cancer treatment, the delivery efficacy can be further improved while their off-target toxicity can be mitigated through nanotechnology approaches...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Vishal Jindal, Sorab Gupta
Brain metastasis (BM) is one of the dreadful complications of malignancies. The prognosis after BM is extremely poor and life expectancy is meager. Currently, our treatment modalities are limited to radiotherapy and surgical resection, which also has poor outcomes and leads to various neurological deficits and affects the quality of life of patients. New treatment modality, i.e., immune checkpoint inhibitors, has brought revolution in management of melanoma, renal cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
January 30, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Y Bareche, D Venet, M Ignatiadis, P Aftimos, M Piccart, F Rothe, C Sotiriou
Background: Recent efforts of genome-wide gene expression profiling analyses have improved our understanding of the biological complexity and diversity of triple negative breast cancers (TNBCs) reporting, at least 6 different molecular subtypes of TNBC namely Basal-like 1 (BL1), basal-like 2 (BL2), immunomodulatory (IM), mesenchymal (M), mesenchymal stem-like (MSL) and luminal androgen receptor (LAR). However, little is known regarding the potential driving molecular events within each subtype, their difference in survival and response to therapy...
January 22, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Yoshitsugu Narumi, Ryohei Yoshida, Yoshinori Minami, Yasushi Yamamoto, Shiori Takeguchi, Kohei Kano, Kae Takahashi, Tsukasa Saito, Jun Sawada, Hiroya Terui, Takayuki Katayama, Takaaki Sasaki, Yoshinobu Ohsaki
BACKGROUND: Immune checkpoint blockade is developed as standard treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. However immune-related adverse events (irAE) have still unknown complications. Here, we report a patient with lung squamous cell carcinoma who developed neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder with nivolumab. CASE PRESENTATION: A 75-year-old Japanese man with lung squamous cell carcinoma was administered nivolumab as second-line treatment. Two months after treatment with nivolumab, he presented acute paralysis in the bilateral lower limbs, sensory loss...
January 24, 2018: BMC Cancer
Stefania Bellone, Natalia Buza, Jungmin Choi, Luca Zammataro, Laurie Gay, Julia A Elvin, David L Rimm, Yuting Liu, Elena Ratner, Peter E Schwartz, Alessandro D Santin
PURPOSE: Ovarian carcinoma no longer responsive to surgery and chemotherapy remains an incurable disease. Alternative therapeutic options remain desperately needed. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We describe a heavily pretreated ovarian cancer patient with recurrent disease experiencing a remarkable clinical response to treatment with the anti-PD1 immune check-point inhibitor pembrolizumab. The clinical, pathological, and genomic characteristics of this exceptional ovarian cancer responder were carefully investigated using immunohistochemistry (IHC), quantitative multiplex fluorescence methods (ie, automated quantitative analysis, AQUA) and whole exome sequencing (WES) techniques...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Wataru Obara, Mitsugu Kanehira, Toyomasa Katagiri, Renpei Kato, Yoichiro Kato, Ryo Takata
The use of peptide-based vaccines as therapeutics aims to elicit immune responses through antigenic epitopes derived from tumor antigens. Peptide-based vaccines are easily synthesized and the lack of significant side effects when administered in-vivo. Peptide-based vaccine therapy against several cancers including urological cancers had made progress for several decades, but there is no approval peptide vaccine all over the world. Peptides vaccines were also shown to induce a high frequency of immune response in patients who were accompanied by clinical efficacy...
January 18, 2018: Cancer Science
Vishal Sehgal, Richard Childress
Immune check point inhibitors have revolutionized the treatment of metastatic malignancies. They are a promising area in oncology and more drugs are likely to be available in the coming years. Along with the promise of better response oncologically, there is an increased incidence of endocrinopathies related to autoimmunity. This case report illustrates the dramatic development of hypothyroidism in a patient with underlying subclinical hyperthyroidism. It also suggests the potential pretreatment predictors of endocrinopathies related to these immune check point inhibitors...
December 2017: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
François-Xavier Danlos, Anne-Laure Voisin, Valérie Dyevre, Jean-Marie Michot, Emilie Routier, Laurent Taillade, Stéphane Champiat, Sandrine Aspeslagh, Julien Haroche, Laurence Albiges, Christophe Massard, Nicolas Girard, Stéphane Dalle, Benjamin Besse, Salim Laghouati, Jean-Charles Soria, Christine Mateus, Caroline Robert, Emilie Lanoy, Aurélien Marabelle, Olivier Lambotte
OBJECTIVE: Patients with autoimmune or inflammatory disease (AID) are susceptible to immune-related adverse events (irAEs) when treated with immune check-point inhibitors (ICIs). We decided to analyse the safety and effectiveness of anti-PD-1 antibodies in AID patients and look for an association between the presence of pre-existing AID and the clinical outcome. METHODS: In a prospective study of the REISAMIC registry of grade ≥2 irAEs occurring in ICI-treated patients, we studied the associations between pre-existing AID on one hand and irAE-free survival, overall survival and best objective response rate on the other...
March 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Anuhya Kommalapati, Shanaz Sikder, Sri Harsha Tella
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July 2017: Research & Reviews. Journal of Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy
Ross A Soo, Sun Min Lim, Nicholas L Syn, Rebecca Teng, Richie Soong, Tony S K Mok, Byoung Chul Cho
Major advances with the development of epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors and immune check-point inhibitors have ushered in a new era in lung cancer therapy. Whilst pre-clinical studies suggest EGFR-driven NSCLC inhibit antitumor immunity through the activation of the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway, epidemiology studies suggest EGFR mutant NSCLC are more likely to have decreased PD-L1 expression. The superiority of single agent PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors over docetaxel in pre-treated EGFR mutant NSCLC appears to be moderated...
January 2018: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
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