ISSN: 2149-2247 | E-ISSN: 2149-2549
Erciyes Medical Journal New Way in Cancer Therapy: PD-1 Inhibitors and Hematologic Diseases [Erciyes Med J]
Erciyes Med J. 2019; 41(1): 12-17 | DOI: 10.14744/etd.2019.19001

New Way in Cancer Therapy: PD-1 Inhibitors and Hematologic Diseases

Gülşah Akyol1, Leylagül Kaynar2, Mustafa Çetin2
1Department of Hematology, Kayseri City Hospital, Kayseri, Turkey
2Department of Hematology, Erciyes University Faculty of Medicine, Kayseri, Turkey

Programed death-1 (PD-1) is an immune checkpoint pathway used by cancer cells to evade the anti-cancer activity of T cells. If this pathway is active, inhibitory signals create an unresponsive state, bringing about the tumor growth. Nowadays, the PD-1/PD-L1, L2 inhibitor therapy shows a new way of treatment to clinicians who are working with hemato-oncologic cancers. Some diseases, such as classic Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) and primary mediastinal large-B-cell lymphoma, that express large amounts of programed death-ligand 1(PD-L1), may be a good target of such a therapy. In hematology, the anti-PD-1 therapy is used successfully and safely in cHL. Other studies are limited, or the results are not available yet. Although most of the diseases, except chronic lymphocytic leukemia and multiple myeloma, show meaningful responses, when using these drugs, we must carefully monitor autoimmune and rare, but serious side effects. In this paper, we emphasize the use of PD-1 inhibitors in hematology.

Keywords: PD-1 inhibitor, hematologic disease

Gülşah Akyol, Leylagül Kaynar, Mustafa Çetin. New Way in Cancer Therapy: PD-1 Inhibitors and Hematologic Diseases. Erciyes Med J. 2019; 41(1): 12-17

Corresponding Author: Gülşah Akyol, Türkiye
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