The determinants of tumour immunogenicity

Nat Rev Cancer. 2012 Mar 1;12(4):307-13. doi: 10.1038/nrc3246.


Many standard and targeted therapies, as well as radiotherapy, have been shown to induce an anti-tumour immune response, and immunotherapies rely on modulating the host immune system to induce an anti-tumour immune response. However, the immune response to such therapies is often reliant on the immunogenicity of a tumour. Tumour immunogenicity varies greatly between cancers of the same type in different individuals and between different types of cancer. So, what do we know about tumour immunogenicity and how might we therapeutically improve tumour immunogenicity? We asked four leading cancer immunologists around the world for their opinions on this important issue.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, Neoplasm / metabolism
  • Cancer Vaccines / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Immune System / metabolism
  • Immune System / pathology
  • Immune System Phenomena*
  • Immunomodulation
  • Mice
  • Neoplasms / immunology*
  • Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Tumor Escape


  • Antigens, Neoplasm
  • Cancer Vaccines