Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Breast Cancer

Brenda Ernst, Karen Anderson

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Decades of research are now leading to therapeutics that target the molecular mechanisms of the cancer-specific immune response. These therapeutics include tumor antigen vaccines, dendritic cell activators, adjuvants that activate innate immunity, adoptive cellular therapy, and checkpoint blockade. The advances in targeted immunotherapy have led to clinical advances in the treatment of solid tumors such as melanoma, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and hematologic malignancies. Preclinical and translational studies suggest that patients with breast cancer may also benefit from augmenting effective immune responses. These results have led to early-phase clinical trials of tumor antigen vaccines, adjuvants, and combinations of checkpoint inhibitor blockade to boost breast cancer-specific immunity in patients. This review focuses on the current and emerging development of cancer immunotherapy for breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Oncology Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2015


  • Immunotherapy
  • Tumor antigen
  • Tumor immunology
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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