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Pembrolizumab in endometrial cancer: Where we stand now (Review)

  • Authors:
    • Aikaterini Aravantinou‑Fatorou
    • Angeliki Andrikopoulou
    • Michael Liontos
    • Oraianthi Fiste
    • Vasiliki E. Georgakopoulou
    • Meletios-Athanasios Dimopoulos
    • Maria Gavriatopoulou
    • Flora Zagouri
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  • Published online on: October 8, 2021     https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2021.13082
  • Article Number: 821
  • Copyright: © Aravantinou‑Fatorou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Abstract

Recently, immunotherapy has shown promising results in solid tumors. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first systematic review of published literature synthesizing all the available data and evaluating both the efficacy and safety of pembrolizumab in endometrial cancer. The present study was performed in accordance with the PRISMA guidelines. Eligible articles were identified by searching the MEDLINE and ClinicalTrials.gov databases, using a predefined combination of the terms ‘endometrial cancer’ and ‘pembrolizumab’. Overall, nine articles incorporating data from 712 patients were eligible. Pembrolizumab was demonstrated to be an effective and safe therapeutic option for the management of advanced/metastatic endometrial cancer. Results of ongoing trials evaluating either pembrolizumab alone or in combination with other antineoplastic regimens are expected to confirm its efficacy in this setting of patients. Pembrolizumab appears to be both durable and robust in endometrial cancer. However, there is an emerging need for novel predictive biomarkers to guide clinical practice.
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