Review of Immune Therapies Targeting Ovarian Cancer

  • Cong (Ava) Fan
  • Jocelyn Reader
  • Dana M. Roque
Gynecologic Cancers (LA Cantrell, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Gynecologic Cancers

Opinion statement

The rise of immunotherapy is the greatest advance in oncology to occur over the last several years, but applications in gynecologic malignancies lag behind other tumors. The term “immunotherapy” envelops monoclonal antibodies as receptor mediators, including immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICPI), cancer vaccines, and adoptive immunotherapies alone or in combination with other therapeutic approaches. The purpose of this review is to summarize the status of immunotherapy trials in ovarian cancer and to specifically highlight data published in the last 1–2 years.


Ovarian cancer Immunotherapy Immune checkpoint inhibitors Cancer vaccine Adoptive immunotherapy PD1 PD-L1 PD-L2 CTLA-4 Nivolumab Ipilimumab Pembrolizumab Avelumab Atezolizumab PARP inhibitors BRCA 1/2 mutation Microsatellite instability Bevacizumab Anti-angiogenic NY-ESO MAGE p53 Mirvetuximab soravtansine Folate receptor alpha Folate-binding protein TILS CAR-T cells NK cells T cells HER2 Mesothelin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cong (Ava) Fan
    • 1
  • Jocelyn Reader
    • 1
  • Dana M. Roque
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer CenterUniversity of Maryland-BaltimoreBaltimoreUSA

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