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Immunotherapy: An Option for All Lung Cancer Patients?

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Published on September 20, 2017

Is immuontherapy an option for all lung cancer patients? Professor Charles Swanton, lung cancer researcher at Francis Crick Institute from London, explains the types of lung cancer tumors that have responded well to immunotherapy. In this therapeutic approach, the patient's immune system destroys the tumor cells. Watch as Professor Swanton offers his impressions on the future of immunotherapy in lung cancer treatment.

This interview was recorded at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) congress held in Madrid (September 2017). Breast cancer videos recorded at ESMO 17 are part of an educational program by the Patient Empowerment Foundation (PEF). We thank AstraZeneca for their support.

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Transcript | Immunotherapy: An Option for All Lung Cancer Patients?

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Dr. Swanton:

So for patients who have tumors that are PD-L1 positive immunotherapy provides a very important role now, and patients on the first line are following platinum resistance in patients who don't have EGFR-activated mutations or ALK rearrangements.  

These are drugs that are used more and more widely now.  They're associated with toxicities, it's true, immune—but immune toxicities such as pneumonitis, hepatitis, etc., hypophysitis, carditis and what have you. 

But if they're carefully monitored and judicial monitoring is carried out, they're relatively well tolerated and in some cases very beneficial as well.  And we're seeing, you know, some—a small proportion of patients do very well on treatment for a very long period of time, which is exciting. 

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