International Cancer Conference Journal

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 86–88 | Cite as

Re-introducing the same chemotherapy after exposure to anti-PD-1 therapy

  • Takashi Koyama
  • Motoo NomuraEmail author
  • Doi Keitaro
  • Ichiro Tateya
  • Manabu Muto
Case report


Cytotoxic chemotherapy after exposure to nivolumab (nivo), an anti-programmed death-1 (PD-1) antibody, has been associated with good response compared with historical data in various cancers including head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). In a previous report, different chemotherapy regimens were used before and after treatment with nivo. This HNSCC case is the first report of a good response when the same cytotoxic chemotherapy regimen was used before and after nivo. In addition, the efficacy of anti-epidermal growth factor receptor antibody after nivo treatment may be better than without exposure to nivo.


Nivolumab Chemotherapy Head and neck cancer 



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Informed consent was obtained from a participant included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical OncologyKyoto University Graduate School of MedicineKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Rheumatology and Clinical ImmunologyKyoto University HospitalKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryKyoto University Graduate School of MedicineKyotoJapan

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