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Nivolumab (Opdivo°) in advanced gastric or oesophageal cancer

 Marketing Authorisations   Nivolumab, a monoclonal antibody directed against PD-1, has been authorised for patients with metastatic or inoperable gastric or oesophageal adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. In these situations, does nivolumab represent a therapeutic advance compared to the treatments already available, and, in particular, does it extend survival?
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In patients with inoperable or metastatic squamous cell carcinomas of the oesophagus, based on a single clinical trial, nivolumab as first-line, add-on chemotherapy extends median survival by around 6 months when at least 1% of the tumour cells express PD-L1.

For oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma in other situations, and for patients with adenocarcinoma of the stomach or oesophagus, the added benefit provided by nivolumab, alone or combined with a fluoropyrimidine and a platinum compound, is unclear, and modest at best.

Nivolumab carries a risk of serious adverse effects, such as autoimmune disorders affecting numerous organs, allergies and infusion reactions.

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Source: "Nivolumab (Opdivo°) in advanced gastric or oesophageal cancer" Prescrire International 2023; 32 (251): 201-203. Subscribers only.

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