Comparison of Carboplatin With 5-Fluorouracil vs. Cisplatin as Concomitant Chemoradiotherapy for Locally Advanced Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

link to paper Hanemaaijer S, Kok I, Fehrmann RSN, van der Vegt B, Gietema J, Plaat B, van Vugt MATM, Vergeer M, Leemans RC, Langendijk JA, Voortman J, Buter J, Oosting JF. Background: Chemoradiotherapy (CRT) including three cycles of cisplatin is considered the standard of care for locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma…

Transcriptional Activity and Stability of CD39+CD103+CD8+ T Cells in Human High-Grade Endometrial Cancer

Link to paper Workel HH, van Rooij N, Plat A, Spierings DCJ, Fehrmann RSN, Nijman HW. de Bruyn M Abstract: Tumor-infiltrating CD8+ T cells (TIL) are of the utmost importance in anti-tumor immunity. CD103 defines tumor-resident memory T cells (TRM cells) associated with improved survival and response to immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) across human tumors. Co-expression…

Reconsider radiation exposure from imaging during immune checkpoint inhibitor trials to reduce risk of secondary cancers in long-term survivors?

Link to paper Knapen DJ, Kwee TC, Meijne EIM, Fehrmann RSN, de Vries EGE AbstractImmune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) have improved outcomes for patients with advanced cancers, and results in increasing numbers of long-term survivors. For registration studies, progression-free survival and disease-free survival often serve as primary endpoints. This requires repeated computed tomography (CT) scans for…

Kirsten Moek successfully defended her PhD thesis

On Monday February 24th, Kirsten Moek successfully defended his PhD thesis. See the summary description of his thesis below: Over the last decades many molecules and key pathways in cancer were identified, which facilitated a shift in anticancer drug development from DNA-damaging chemotherapy to a more personalized approach with targeted antibody therapeutics including antibody-drug conjugates (ADC)…

Transcriptional effects of copy number alterations in a large set of human cancers

Link to paper Bhattacharya A, Bense RD, Urzúa-Traslaviña CG, de Vries EGE, van Vugt MATM, Fehrmann RSN AbstractCopy number alterations (CNAs) can promote tumor progression by altering gene expression levels. Due to transcriptional adaptive mechanisms, however, CNAs do not always translate proportionally into altered expression levels. By reanalyzing >34,000 gene expression profiles, we reveal the…

Driving innovation for rare skin cancers: utilising common tumours and machine learning to predict immune checkpoint inhibitor response

Link to paper J.S. Hooiveld-Noeken, R.S.N. Fehrmann, E.G.E. de Vries, M. Jalving Highlights • Metastatic Merkel- and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma are rare tumours. • Immunotherapy gives impressive responses but most patients do not survive long-term. • Small patients numbers prevent extensive biomarker research in clinical trials. • Pooled data from common and rare tumours…

Rico Bense successfully defended his PhD thesis

On Wednesday November 20th, Rico Bense successfully defended his PhD thesis. See the summary description of his thesis below: In clinical practice, breast cancer is currently divided into subtypes based on immunohistochemical expression of the estrogen receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. These subtypes are crucial for treatment choice and outcome. However, even…