Immunity vs Cancer: What are Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors?
Cancer Immunity Checkpoint Inhibitor

Immunity vs Cancer: What are Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors?

Dr. Talia Henkle
Dr. Talia Henkle

In 10 seconds? Immune checkpoint inhibitors are recently developed cancer immunotherapies that have helped treat advanced-stage cancers–such as skin and lung cancer.

What’s the story? In our last Immunity vs Cancer digest, we learned how cancer cells can evade being killed by immune cells called T cells by ‘coating’ themselves with molecules called checkpoints, which work to inactivate T cells. The discoveries of immune checkpoints have led to the development of a new class of cancer drugs called ‘immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI)’, or checkpoint blockade therapies.


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