Novel Immunotherapeutic Targets in Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP)

SITC 2021 -- Cancer of unknown primary (CUP) is a rare metastatic tumor type accounting for 2% of solid cancers. In the subset of CUP cases where tumor of origin is posited and treated as such, no clear clinical benefit has been demonstrated. Furthermore, CUP patients treated by empiric platinum-based regimens have low response and survival rates of approximately 20%. Support of tissue-agnostic marker-directed immunotherapy is growing because it targets the immune system rather than the tumor, with some efficacy evidence emerging for CUP. Identifying new targets for immunotherapeutic opportunities in this heterogeneous and difficult to treat patient group is a critical unmet need.

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