Treatment of Complications from Immune Checkpoint Inhibition in Patients with Lung Cancer

  • Beatriz Wills
  • Julie R. Brahmer
  • Jarushka Naidoo
Lung Cancer (HA Wakelee, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Lung Cancer

Opinion statement

Immune checkpoint inhibitors have revolutionized the management of advanced NSCLC. With the intention of generating an anti-tumor immune response, ICIs can also lead to inflammatory side effects involving a wide variety of organs in the body, termed immune-related adverse events. Although no prospective clinical trial exists to guide recommendations for optimal and more specific immunosuppressive treatments rather than corticosteroids, further studies may lead to a more mechanistic-based approach towards these toxicities in the future. In relation to current practice, we recommend adherence to the recent published guidelines which emphasize the importance of early recognition and administration of temporary immunosuppressive therapy with corticosteroids in most cases, depending on the organ system involved, and the severity of toxicity. Recognition of these toxicities is increasingly important as the use of these agents expand within different indications for patients with lung cancers, and to other tumor types.


Lung cancer Immune checkpoint inhibition Side effect Anti-PD-1 Anti-PD-L1 


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Conflict of Interest

Beatriz Wills declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Julie R. Brahmer has received research support through grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, MedImmune/AstraZeneca, and Merck; has received compensation from Celgene, Merck, and Lilly for service as a consultant; has received compensation from Merck, Genentech, and Syndax for participation on advisory boards; and has served on advisory boards and as a consultant for Bristol-Myers Squibb but received no compensation.

Jarushka Naidoo has received research support through grants from Merck and MedImmune/AstraZeneca and has received compensation from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Takeda for service as a consultant.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beatriz Wills
    • 1
  • Julie R. Brahmer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jarushka Naidoo
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins BayviewJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer ImmunotherapyJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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