Immunotherapy for glioblastoma: Current state, challenges, and future perspectives

Minfeng Yang, In Young Oh, Arpan Mahanty, Wei Lin Jin, Jung Sun Yoo (Corresponding Author)

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Glioblastoma is the most lethal intracranial primary malignancy by no optimal treatment option. Cancer immunotherapy has achieved remarkable survival benefits against various advanced tumors, such as melanoma and non-small-cell lung cancer, thus triggering great interest as a new therapeutic strategy for glioblastoma. Moreover, the central nervous system has been rediscovered recently as a region for active immunosurveillance. There are vibrant investigations for successful glioblastoma immunotherapy despite the fact that initial clinical trial results are somewhat disappointing with unique challenges including T-cell dysfunction in the patients. This review will explore the potential of current immunotherapy modalities for glioblastoma treatment, especially focusing on major immune checkpoint inhibitors and the future strategies with novel targets and combo therapies. Immune-related adverse events and clinical challenges in glioblastoma immunotherapy are also summarized. Glioblastoma provides persistent difficulties for immunotherapy with a complex state of patients’ immune dysfunction and a variety of constraints in drug delivery to the central nervous system. However, rational design of combinational regimens and new focuses on myeloid cells and novel targets to circumvent current limitations hold promise to advent truly viable immunotherapy for glioblastoma.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2334
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2020


  • Glioblastoma
  • Immune-checkpoint inhibitors
  • Immune-related adverse events
  • Tumor microenvironment
  • Tumor-associated macrophages and microglia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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