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Population pharmacokinetics, exposure-safety, and immunogenicity of atezolizumab in pediatric and young adult patients with cancer

The iMATRIX-atezolizumab study was a phase I/II, multicenter, open-label study designed to assess the safety and pharmacokinetics of atezolizumab in pediatric and young adult patients. The authors describe the pharmacokinetics, exposure-safety, and immunogenicity of atezolizumab in pediatric and...


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Bone metastases and immunotherapy in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer

Bone metastases (BoM) are a negative prognostic factor in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Beyond its supportive role, bone is a hematopoietic organ actively regulating immune system. The authors hypothesized that BoM may influence sensitivity to immunotherapy. They conclude that BoM impairs...


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Immune checkpoint inhibitor related myasthenia gravis: single center experience and systematic review of the literature

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a rare but life-threatening adverse event of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI). Given the limited evidence, data from a large cohort of patients is needed to aid in recognition and management of this fatal complication. The authors reviewed their institutional...


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Hepatitis B virus reactivation in cancer patients with positive Hepatitis B surface antigen undergoing PD-1 inhibition

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation is a serious complication in patients with cancers and HBV infection undergoing immunosuppressant treatment or chemotherapy. However, the safety of anti-programmed cell death (PD) -1 and anti-programmed cell death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) therapy in these patients is...



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Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Head & Neck Cancers - A Patient Resource Guide

Learning you have head and neck cancer can fell overwhelming. Give yourself time to digest the news, and then focus on learning as much as you can about your exact diagnosis. Knowing ket information will better prepare you to make well-informed decisions with your doctor. This guide, published...

2019 Immunotherapy H&N.pdf


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Immune-related adverse events and anti-tumor efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors

Although immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) have transformed the treatment landscape for patients with many advanced malignancies, only 15–60% of patients respond, leaving a broad swath of patients who do not derive benefit. Identifying biomarkers to optimally identify patients who will benefit...


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Dual checkpoint inhibitor-associated eosinophilic enteritis

Eosinophilia has been reported as a rare, new biological effect of immune checkpoint inhibition that may be associated with improved treatment response and the development of immune-related adverse events. The authors report a case of dual checkpoint inhibitor-associated hypereosinophilia and...


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Anti-TNF, a magic bullet in cancer immunotherapy?

In a recent issue of the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer, Badran et al. reported that co-administering Infliximab together with ICB to five cancer patients prevents colitis recurrence, with four of them exhibiting overall disease stability. The basis for this treatment strategy stemmed from...


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Combined immune checkpoint blockade for metastatic uveal melanoma: a retrospective, multi-center study

Uveal melanoma (UM) is highly refractory to treatment with dismal prognosis in advanced stages. The value of the combined checkpoint blockade with CTLA-4 and PD-1 inhibition in metastatic UM is currently unclear. The authors conclude that the tolerability of the combined checkpoint blockade in...