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Antibody-drug conjugates, immune-checkpoint inhibitors, and their combination in breast cancer therapeutics.

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

INTRODUCTION: Advanced breast cancer (aBC) remains incurable and the quest for more effective systemic anticancer agents continues. Promising results have led to the FDA approval of three antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) and two immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) to date for patients with aBC. AREAS COVERED: With the anticipated emergence of newer ADCs and ICIs for patients with several subtypes of breast cancer, and given their potential synergy, their use in combination is of clinical interest. In this article, we review the use of ADCs and ICIs in patients with breast cancer, assess the scientific rationale for their combination, and provide an overview of ongoing trials and some early efficacy and safety results of such dual therapy. EXPERT OPINION: Improvement in the medicinal chemistry of next-generation ADCs, their rational combination with ICIs and other agents, and the development of multiparametric immune biomarkers could help to significantly improve the outlook for patients with refractory aBC.
Journal: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
ISSN: 1471-2598
Issue: 7
Volume: 21
Pages: 945 - 962
Publication year:2021