Kantonsspital St.Gallen

Management of toxicities of immune checkpoint inhibitors

Lavinia Spain, Stefan Diem & James Larkin

abstract Immune checkpoint inhibition with the anti-CTLA-4 antibody ipilimumab and the anti-PD-1 antibodies nivolumab and pembrolizumab has improved survival in metastatic melanoma, lung cancer and renal cancer. Use of these agents holds promise in other malignancies. The augmented immune response enabled by these agents has led to a particular group of side effects called immune-related adverse events (irAEs). The main irAEs include diarrhea, colitis, hepatitis, skin toxicities and endocrinopathies such as hypophysitis and thyroid dysfunction. The anti-PD-1 antibodies have a different toxicity profile to ipilimumab with fewer high grade events. This article identifies the rates of common and uncommon irAEs associated with each immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICPI) and their timing of onset, focusing mainly on the experience in melanoma and lung cancer. An approach to management for each class of irAE is provided.
citation Spain L, Diem S, Larkin J. Management of toxicities of immune checkpoint inhibitors. Cancer Treat Rev 2016; 44:51-60.
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 06-02-2016
journal title Cancer Treat Rev (44)
ISSN electronic 1532-1967
pages 51-60
PubMed 26874776
DOI 10.1016/j.ctrv.2016.02.001