Adoptive cell therapy and modulation of the tumour microenvironment: new insights from ASCO 2016

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  • Department of Haemato-Oncology, Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
  • Royal Free Hospital, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG, UK.


Immuno-oncology has changed the landscape of cancer treatment in recent years. Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) have shown survival advantage with long term remissions in a variety of cancers. However, there is another approach to harnessing the power of the immune system in combating cancer: the adoptive cell therapy (ACT) strategy. Although ACT is restricted to small specialized centres and has yet to deliver as much success as ICI, some important results were presented at this year's ASCO meeting. Important lessons have been learned from these studies, including the prospects and challenges ahead. In this editorial, we summarize the important studies on ACT presented at the ASCO 2016 meeting and discuss the way forward.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)ed59
Publication statusPublished - 2016