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LUNGevity - Small Cell Lung Cancer Booklet

LUNGevity has developed a comprehensive series of materials for lung cancer patients and their caregivers, focused on understanding how lung cancer develops, how it can be diagnosed, and treatment options. Whether you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with lung cancer, or is concerned...

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Impact of age on the toxicity of immune checkpoint inhibition

Indications for immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy are increasing. As the population ages, many patients receiving such drugs will be older adults. Such patients are under-represented in clinical trials, and therefore the safety of immune checkpoint inhibitors in this population has not been...


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Diagnostic utility of CT for suspected immune checkpoint inhibitor enterocolitis

Immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) enterocolitis is a common immune-related adverse event and can be fatal, especially when not diagnosed and treated promptly. The current gold standard for diagnosis is endoscopy with biopsy, but CT scan is a possible alternative. The primary objective of this...


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Impact of corticosteroid therapy on the outcomes of hepatocellular carcinoma treated with immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy

The impact of corticosteroid therapy (CT) on efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) is undefined in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The authors evaluated whether CT administered at baseline (bCT) or concurrently with ICI (cCT) influences overall (OS), progression-free survival (PFS) and...


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Gene signature of antigen processing and presentation machinery predicts response to checkpoint blockade in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and melanoma

Limited data exist on the role of alterations in HLA Class I antigen processing and presentation machinery in mediating response to immune checkpoint blockade (ICB). The authors conclude that their data demonstrate that defects in antigen presentation may be an important feature in predicting...


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Tumor-draining lymph node is important for a robust abscopal effect stimulated by radiotherapy

Radiotherapy (RT) has been shown to stimulate an antitumor immune response in irradiated tumors as well as unirradiated distant sites (abscopal effect). Previous studies have demonstrated a role for the tumor-draining lymph node (LN) in mediating an anti-programmed death-1 (PD-1)/programmed...


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Combining IL-2-based immunotherapy with commensal probiotics produces enhanced antitumor immune response and tumor clearance

Interleukin-2 (IL-2) serves as a pioneer of immunotherapeutic agent in cancer treatment. However, there is a considerable proportion of patients who cannot benefit from this therapy due to the limited clinical responses and dose-limiting toxicities. Mounting evidence indicates that commensal...


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2,5-dimethylcelecoxib improves immune microenvironment of hepatocellular carcinoma by promoting ubiquitination of HBx-induced PD-L1

2,5-dimethylcelecoxib (DMC) is a targeted inhibitor of microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1), a key enzyme in the PGE2 synthesis pathway of inflammatory mediators. Previous studies have confirmed that DMC can inhibit the growth of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related hepatocellular...


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Analysis of the molecular nature associated with microsatellite status in colon cancer identifies clinical implications for immunotherapy

Microsatellite instability in colon cancer implies favorable therapeutic outcomes after checkpoint blockade immunotherapy. However, the molecular nature of microsatellite instability is not well elucidated. The authors conclude that their analysis unraveled the difference in the molecular nature...


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Point mutation in CD19 facilitates immune escape of B cell lymphoma from CAR-T cell therapy

Tumor relapse due to mutation in CD19 can hinder the efficacy of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cell therapy. Herein, the authors focused on lymphoma patients whose B cells exhibited a point mutation in CD19 of B cells after CAR-T cell infusion. They conclude that their findings...