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Zhongguo Fei Ai Za Zhi. 2012 Oct;15(10):606-11. doi: 10.3779/j.issn.1009-3419.2012.10.08.

[Review on immunotherapies for lung cancer].

[Article in Chinese]

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Graduate Student of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China.


Lung cancer is a highly malignant disease with poor prognosis, most cases are diagnosed at a very late stage. More effective medications or therapies should be developed to improve its prognosis. The advancement of tumor immunity and tumor immunosuppression facilitated the feasibility of immunotherapies for lung cancer. Ipilimumab, antibody to Programmed death-1 (PD-1), Toll-like receptor agonists, liposomal BLP25 (L- BLP25), belagenpumatucel-L, melanoma-associated antigen A3 (MAGE-A3) vaccine and talactoferrin have been proved to be effective for lung cancer through early clinical trials, most of the drugs have moved forward to phase III trials, so as to collect much higher level evidence to support the immunotherapies incorporated into the multidisciplinary treatment of lung cancer. The selection of target patients at appropriate stages, breaking down of tumor immunosuppression as well as the objective measurement of tumor response to the therapy are major challenges for the development of immunotherapies for lung cancer. The clarifying of the mechanism of immune escape led to the above drug development, and immune-senescence has already become the hotspot in this field.

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