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Immunotherapy Related Adverse Events Predict Treatment Response
Journal of Cancer Treatment and Research
Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2020, Pages: 45-50
Received: May 17, 2020; Accepted: May 28, 2020; Published: Jun. 9, 2020
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Diana Maslov, Department of Internal Medicine, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, the United States; Ochsner Clinical School, University of Queensland, New Orleans, the United States
Katharine Thomas, Department of Internal Medicine, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, the United States; Ochsner Clinical School, University of Queensland, New Orleans, the United States; Department of Hematology Oncology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, the United States
Victoria Simenson, Department of Internal Medicine, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, the United States
Caitlin Sullivan, Ochsner Clinical School, University of Queensland, New Orleans, the United States; Department of Internal Medicine, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, the United States
Alaa Mohammed, Center for Outcomes and Health Services Research, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, the United States
Jessica Boyce, Ochsner Clinical School, University of Queensland, New Orleans, the United States
Marc Matrana, Department of Hematology/Oncology, Ochsner Cancer Institute, New Orleans, the United States
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Immunotherapy blocks immunoinhibitory pathways and allows for reversal of immunosuppression caused by malignant tumors. Immunotherapy can cause immune-related adverse events (IrAE) including rash, pneumonitis, colitis endocrinopathy, nephritis, adrenal insufficiency, hepatitis, and uveitis. Limited data exist to predict which patients will have the greatest response to therapy and if there is a correlation between IrAE and immunotherapy effectiveness. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between IrAE and immunotherapy efficacy. A retrospective medical records review was collected of patients with metastatic cancer who received immunotherapy. Data included demographics, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Status, imaging, time on treatment, best response, disease progression, and presence or absence of IrAE while on treatment. Treatment response was analyzed using the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors guideline, version 1.1. Overall survival probabilities were calculated by the Kaplan-Meier survival method. 456 patients were included for analysis, 175 (38.4%) had an IrAE while on immunotherapy. The development of IrAE correlated with response rate for complete response, partial response, and overall response rate. A significant increase in overall survival was also seen. The presence of IrAE may be a potential predictive indicator for treatment response to immune checkpoint inhibitors.
Immunotherapy, Adverse Events, Neoplasms, Immunology
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Diana Maslov, Katharine Thomas, Victoria Simenson, Caitlin Sullivan, Alaa Mohammed, Jessica Boyce, Marc Matrana, Immunotherapy Related Adverse Events Predict Treatment Response, Journal of Cancer Treatment and Research. Vol. 8, No. 2, 2020, pp. 45-50. doi: 10.11648/j.jctr.20200802.13
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