Novel platinum agents and mesenchymal stromal cells for thoracic malignancies: state of the art and future perspectives

Francesco Petrella, Isabella Rimoldi, Giorgio Facchetti, Lorenzo Spaggiari

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Introduction: Non-small cell lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma represent two of the most intriguing and scrutinized thoracic malignancies, presenting interesting perspectives of experimental development and clinical applications. Areas covered: In advanced non-small cell lung cancer, molecular targeted therapy is the standard first-line treatment for patients with identified driver mutations; on the other hand, chemotherapy is the standard treatment for patients without EGFR mutations or ALK rearrangement or those with unknown mutation status. Once considered an ineffective therapy in pulmonary neoplasms, immunotherapy has been now established as one of the most promising therapeutic options. Mesenchymal stromal cells are able to migrate specifically toward solid neoplasms and their metastatic localizations when injected intravenously. This peculiar cancer tropism has opened up an emerging field to use them as vectors to deliver antineoplastic drugs for targeted therapies. Expert opinion: Molecular targeted therapy and immunotherapy are the new alternatives to standard chemotherapy. Mesenchymal stromal cells are a new promising tool in oncology and—although not yet utilized in the clinical practice, we think they will represent another main tool for cancer therapy and will probably play a leading role in the field of nanovectors and molecular medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813-821
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2 2018


  • drug loading and delivery
  • immunotherapy
  • malignant pleural mesothelioma
  • mesenchymal stromal cell
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • targeted therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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