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From Conventional Therapies to Immunotherapy: Melanoma Treatment in Review

Department of Virology, National Institute of Public Health-National Institute of Hygiene, Chocimska 24, 00-791 Warsaw, Poland
Clinical Science, Targovax Oy, Saukonpaadenranta 2, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, University of Padova, Via F. Marzolo 5, 35131 Padova, Italy
Chair of Drug and Cosmetics Biotechnology, Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University of Technology, Noakowskiego 3, 00-664 Warsaw, Poland
Centre for Advanced Materials and Technologies, Warsaw University of Technology, Poleczki 19, 02-822 Warsaw, Poland
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Cancers 2020, 12(10), 3057;
Received: 29 September 2020 / Revised: 16 October 2020 / Accepted: 18 October 2020 / Published: 20 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Oncolytic Virus Immunotherapy)
Here, we review the current state of knowledge in the field of cancer immunotherapy, focusing on the scientific rationale for the use of oncolytic viruses, checkpoint inhibitors and their combination to combat melanomas. Attention is also given to the immunological aspects of cancer therapy and the shift from conventional therapy towards immunotherapy. This review brings together information on how immunotherapy can be applied to support other cancer therapies in order to maximize the efficacy of melanoma treatment and improve clinical outcomes.
In this review, we discuss the use of oncolytic viruses and checkpoint inhibitors in cancer immunotherapy in melanoma, with a particular focus on combinatory therapies. Oncolytic viruses are promising and novel anti-cancer agents, currently under investigation in many clinical trials both as monotherapy and in combination with other therapeutics. They have shown the ability to exhibit synergistic anticancer activity with checkpoint inhibitors, chemotherapy, radiotherapy. A coupling between oncolytic viruses and checkpoint inhibitors is a well-accepted strategy for future cancer therapies. However, eradicating advanced cancers and tailoring the immune response for complete tumor clearance is an ongoing problem. Despite current advances in cancer research, monotherapy has shown limited efficacy against solid tumors. Therefore, current improvements in virus targeting, genetic modification, enhanced immunogenicity, improved oncolytic properties and combination strategies have a potential to widen the applications of immuno-oncology (IO) in cancer treatment. Here, we summarize the strategy of combinatory therapy with an oncolytic vector to combat melanoma and highlight the need to optimize current practices and improve clinical outcomes. View Full-Text
Keywords: oncolytic viruses; melanoma; immunotherapy; checkpoint inhibitors; combinatory therapy oncolytic viruses; melanoma; immunotherapy; checkpoint inhibitors; combinatory therapy
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Kuryk, L.; Bertinato, L.; Staniszewska, M.; Pancer, K.; Wieczorek, M.; Salmaso, S.; Caliceti, P.; Garofalo, M. From Conventional Therapies to Immunotherapy: Melanoma Treatment in Review. Cancers 2020, 12, 3057.

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Kuryk L, Bertinato L, Staniszewska M, Pancer K, Wieczorek M, Salmaso S, Caliceti P, Garofalo M. From Conventional Therapies to Immunotherapy: Melanoma Treatment in Review. Cancers. 2020; 12(10):3057.

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Kuryk, Lukasz, Laura Bertinato, Monika Staniszewska, Katarzyna Pancer, Magdalena Wieczorek, Stefano Salmaso, Paolo Caliceti, and Mariangela Garofalo. 2020. "From Conventional Therapies to Immunotherapy: Melanoma Treatment in Review" Cancers 12, no. 10: 3057.

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