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KEYNOTE-048: pembrolizumab changes the rules for head and neck cancer patients

The KEYNOTE-048 study has demonstrated that immunotherapy on its own is better than aggressive chemotherapy as a first-line treatment for advanced head and neck cancer. The findings could make immunotherapy become a standard, first-line treatment for advanced head and neck cancer, and spare many patients the side-effects associated with combination chemotherapy.
At the ESMO 2018 Congress (19–23 October 2018, Munich, Germany) we had the pleasure of speaking with first author Barbara Burtness (Yale School of Medicine, CT, USA) about the trial and what further advances she envisages with respect to head and neck cancer, as well as immuno-oncology, in the coming years.
  1. Could you provide us an overview of the KEYNOTE-048 trial and the results that were recently presented at ESMO?
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