Clin Pediatr Hematol Oncol.  2020 Apr;27(1):14-21. 10.15264/cpho.2020.27.1.14.

Immunotherapy in Pediatric Hematologic Malignant Neoplasms

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul National University Cancer Research Institute, Seoul, Korea


Childhood acute leukemia has achieved tremendous treatment outcome improvement over the past several decades. Given that pediatric leukemia remains the most common type of childhood malignant tumors, there are still unmet needs in relapsed/ refractory diseases. Moreover, reducing the toxic adverse effects of chemotherapy is another big challenge. Over the past decades, immunotherapy in pediatric leukemia has achieved significant improvement. This review will focus on the recent development and achievement of bi-specific T-cell engagers, antibody-drug conjugates, and chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapies in pediatric leukemia. Moreover, several prevalent obstacles in administering these treatments will also be discussed. Based on the characteristics of each treatment, a variety of clinical trials are currently underway. As a new treatment modality, immunotherapy should be optimally applied based on disease conditions.

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