Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, a professor of Medicine at Yale Cancer Center and chief of Medical Oncology at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven in Connecticut, comments on the emergence of immunotherapies for multiple types of cancer including MPDL3280A for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
Herbst presented data on MPDL3280A, which targets PD-L1. This agent produced a 21% response rate for patients with multiple solid tumors, including NSCLC, and had an acceptable toxicity profile.
These data, along with other data from anti-PD-L1 agents, offers great promise of patients with NSCLC. Herbst says researchers and physicians now have new avenues for the treatment of this disease.
MPDL3280A produced a 21% response rate for patients with multiple solid tumors, including NSCLC
MPDL3280A had an acceptable toxicity profile, with only a few patients having immune-related events
These data, along with other data from anti-PD-L1 agents, offers great promise of patients with NSCLC
The optimal management of patients with early-stage NSCLC remains controversial, and the prospect of exposing an otherwise low-risk patient to potentially toxic chemotherapy based on limited prognostic information remains a problem for many clinicians.