9 severe adverse events to watch out for with checkpoint inhibitors

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Clare Pain
PD-1 protein

The largest study yet of adverse events from checkpoint inhibitor therapy for cancer suggests doctors should be alert for nine serious adverse events.

The meta-analysis or more than 100 clinical trials and nearly 19,000 patients found one in seven cancer patients treated with either programmed cell death (PD-1) inhibitors or programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) inhibitors experienced a severe adverse event (grade 3 or worse according to National Cancer Institute criteria).