Cancer immunotherapy: broadening the scope of targetable tumours.

Cancer immunotherapy has experienced remarkable advances in recent years. Striking clinical responses have been achieved for several types of solid cancers (e.g. melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer, bladder cancer and mismatch repair-deficient cancers) after treatment of patients with T-cell checkpoint blockade therapies. These have been shown to be particularly effective in the treatment of cancers with high mutation burden, which places tumour-mutated antigens (neo-antigens) centre stage as targets of tumour immunity and cancer immunotherapy. With current technologies, neo-antigens can be identified in a short period of time, which may support the development of complementary, personalized approaches that increase the number of tumours amenable to immunotherapeutic intervention. In addition to reviewing the state of the art in cancer immunotherapy, we discuss potential avenues that can bring the immunotherapy revolution to a broader patient group including cancers with low mutation burden.

Open biology. 2018 Jun [Epub]

Jitske van den Bulk, Els Me Verdegaal, Noel Fcc de Miranda

Department of Pathology, LUMC, Leiden, The Netherlands., Department of Clinical Oncology, LUMC, Leiden, The Netherlands., Department of Pathology, LUMC, Leiden, The Netherlands .