Journal article

New biomarkers for checkpoint inhibitor therapy

Nikki Burdett, Jayesh Desai

ESMO Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020

Abstract

Immune checkpoint inhibitor blockade has vastly changed treatment paradigms and improved outcomes of many solid organ malignancies. The achievements of the last decade have transformed the outcomes of several tumour types, most notably metastatic melanoma. There are, however, still large numbers of patients who receive checkpoint inhibitor therapy and do not respond. In addition to potential lack of efficacy, checkpoint inhibitors also come with a unique and sometimes devastating side-effect profile. There exists a strong need for biomarkers to accurately predict response, improve treatment selection and avoid exposing patients to toxicity where there is minimal likelihood of response. There..

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