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Reasoning the effect of immunotherapy after chemoradiation in the PACIFIC trial

Durvalumab consolidation after chemoradiation has been a giant leap in the treatment of stage III non-small-cell lung cancer with an unprecedented 16.8-month median progression-free survival. PACIFIC trial is a new foray into chemoimmunotherapy trials where we apply our knowledge of ‘immunogenic cell death’ and ‘Abscopal’ effect of radiation in the clinic. Our understanding of immunotherapy after chemoradiation treatment and application of immunogenic cell death biomarkers in future trials may be the approach we need to maximize benefit of these treatments in the appropriate patients.