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Vaccines 2018, 6(3), 52;

Next Generation Cancer Vaccines—Make It Personal!

Drug Development Unit, Royal Marsden Hospital and The Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton SM2 5PT, UK
Division of Clinical Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, 8010 Graz, Austria
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Received: 8 June 2018 / Revised: 23 July 2018 / Accepted: 7 August 2018 / Published: 9 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Therapeutic Vaccines and Cancer Immunotherapy)
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Dramatic success in cancer immunotherapy has been achieved over the last decade with the introduction of checkpoint inhibitors, leading to response rates higher than with chemotherapy in certain cancer types. These responses are often restricted to cancers that have a high mutational burden and show pre-existing T-cell infiltrates. Despite extensive efforts, therapeutic vaccines have been mostly unsuccessful in the clinic. With the introduction of next generation sequencing, the identification of individual mutations is possible, enabling the production of personalized cancer vaccines. Combining immune check point inhibitors to overcome the immunosuppressive microenvironment and personalized cancer vaccines for directing the host immune system against the chosen antigens might be a promising treatment strategy. View Full-Text
Keywords: cancer vaccines; immunotherapy; combination strategies; cancer immunity cycle; neoantigens; personalized cancer vaccine cancer vaccines; immunotherapy; combination strategies; cancer immunity cycle; neoantigens; personalized cancer vaccine

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