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  • NOVEL NEOADJUVANT IMMUNOTHERAPY REGIMEN SAFETY AND SURVIVAL IN HEAD AND NECK SQUAMOUS CELL CANCER HEAD AND NECK-JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENCES AND SPECIALTIES OF THE HEAD AND NECK Wolf, G. T., Fee, W. E., Dolan, R. W., Moyer, J. S., Kaplan, M. J., Spring, P. M., Suen, J., Kenady, D. E., Newman, J. G., Carroll, W. R., Gillespie, M. B., Freeman, S. M., Baltzer, L., Kirkley, T. D., Brandwein, H. J., Hadden, J. W. 2011; 33 (12): 1666-1674


    Cellular immune suppression is observed in head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC) and contributes to poor prognosis. Restoration of immune homeostasis may require primary cell-derived cytokines at physiologic doses. An immunotherapy regimen containing a biologic, with multiple-active cytokine components, and administered with cytoxan, zinc, and indomethacin was developed to modulate cellular immunity.Study methods were designed to determine the safety and efficacy of a 21-day neoadjuvant immunotherapy regimen in a phase 2 trial that enrolled 27 therapy-naïve patients with stage II to IVa HNSCC. Methods included safety, clinical and radiologic tumor response, disease-free survival (DFS), overall survival (OS), and tumor lymphocytic infiltrate (LI) data collection.Acute toxicity was minimal. Patients completed neoadjuvant treatment without surgical delay. By independent radiographic review, 83% had stable disease during treatment. OS was 92%, 73%, and 69% at 12, 24, and 36 months, respectively. Histologic analysis suggested correlation between survival and tumor LI.Immunotherapy regimen was tolerated. Survival results are encouraging.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/hed.21660

    View details for Web of Science ID 000297850400002

    View details for PubMedID 21284052

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