Combination immunotherapy strategies in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): Does biological rationale meet clinical needs?

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Abstract

Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) have emerged as one of the main new therapeutic options for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Even though they demonstrated superiority towards standard chemotherapy in different disease settings, the response rates do not exceed 45% in highly molecularly selected patients. This is related to known limitations of the available biomarkers, as well to the complex and dynamic nature of tumor microenvironment. The study of the different strategies adopted by tumor cells to escape the immune system lays the basis of the new combination strategies. This review focuses on analyzing the biological rationale and early clinical data available concerning therapeutic strategies combining ICIs together, ICIs with different regimens and schedules of standard chemotherapy, ICIs with tyrosine kinase inhibitors, ICIs with antiangiogenic agents and ICs with radiotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-39
Number of pages10
JournalCritical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology
Volume119
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2017

Keywords

  • Antiangiogenic treatment
  • Combination treatment
  • CTLA-4
  • IDO
  • Immune checkpoint
  • LAG-3
  • Lung cancer
  • PD-L1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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