Checkpoint inhibitors targeting CTLA4, PD1 and PD-L1 have become a part of the daily clinical practice in the management of stage IV melanoma, renal cell carcinoma (RCC), non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and Hodgkin-lymphoma patients. While these agents can elicit strong anti-tumour immune responses, they can also generate immune related adverse events, which can become life threatening if not detected and managed promptly. At the University Hospital Ghent, we created a working group of organ specialists with specific experience in dealing with immune related adverse events. This initiative is part of ION (Immuno-Oncology-Network) Ghent. In this paper we would like to share our institutional guidelines for the clinical care of patients treated with checkpoint-inhibitors with the Belgian Oncology Community.
(BELG J MED ONCOL 2017;11(6):265–276)