PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How do checkpoint inhibitors treat mesothelioma?

ANSWER

Checkpoint inhibitors such as durvalumab, nivolumab, and pembrolizumab are a type of immunotherapy. In mesothelioma, certain proteins can block your immune system’s attack. Checkpoint inhibitors block those proteins, so your immune system can attack the tumor cells.

SOURCES:

Cell Adhesion & Migration : “What’s the place of immunotherapy in malignant mesothelioma treatments?”

Raymond Wong, PhD, Pacific Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Los Angeles.            

American Lung Association: “Learn About Mesothelioma,”

CDC: “Asbestos Toxicity: Where Is Asbestos Found?”

National Cancer Institute: “Drugs Approved for Malignant Mesothelioma.”

Anne Tsao, MD, director, Mesothelioma Program, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.

David Sugarbaker, MD, director, Mesothelioma Treatment Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 31, 2019

SOURCES:

Cell Adhesion & Migration : “What’s the place of immunotherapy in malignant mesothelioma treatments?”

Raymond Wong, PhD, Pacific Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Los Angeles.            

American Lung Association: “Learn About Mesothelioma,”

CDC: “Asbestos Toxicity: Where Is Asbestos Found?”

National Cancer Institute: “Drugs Approved for Malignant Mesothelioma.”

Anne Tsao, MD, director, Mesothelioma Program, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.

David Sugarbaker, MD, director, Mesothelioma Treatment Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 31, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

How do you take immunotherapy for mesothelioma?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: