Learning from the "tsunami" of immune checkpoint inhibitors in 2015

Hampig Raphael Kourie, Gil Awada, Ahmad Hussein Awada
Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology 2016, 101: 213-20
2015 was marked by the tsunami of immune checkpoint inhibitors revealed by numerous FDA approvals, publications and abstracts in relation with these drugs in different cancers and settings. First, we reported all new indications of anti-CTLA4 and anti-PD1 approved by the FDA, the positive clinical trials published and the abstracts with promising results at important scientific meetings during 2015. Then, we discussed different critical issues of these new agents going from their predictive factors, combination therapies, tumor response patterns, efficacy in particular settings, side effect management to cost and economic burden.

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