Melanoma

BRAF/MEK-targeted therapy rechallenge in patients with BRAF-mutation–positive advanced melanoma whose disease progress on first-line BRAF-targeted therapy and second-line immunotherapy leads to responses in approximately one-fourth of patients. Read More ›

The latest analysis of the phase 3 EORTC 1325/KEYNOTE-054 clinical trial showed pembrolizumab to be superior to placebo after more than 3.5 years of follow-up on the end points of distant metastasis-free survival and relapse-free survival in patients with resected stage III melanoma. Read More ›

In an analysis of a French melanoma database, 43% of patients treated with anti–PD-1 therapy experienced a late-onset immune-related adverse event, defined as an event occurring after ≥2 years of treatment. Read More ›

Nivolumab continues to be an effective adjuvant treatment for patients with resected high-risk melanoma at 4 years, with sustained recurrence-free and distant metastasis-free survival benefit compared with ipilimumab. Read More ›

Analysis of the randomized COMBI-AD trial at 5 years shows >50% relapse-free survival in patients with resected stage III BRAF V600-mutation–positive melanoma who received adjuvant treatment with the combination of dabrafenib plus trametinib. Read More ›

A real-world analysis showed that adjuvant immunotherapy in patients with stage III melanoma improved survival, but that only approximately 33% of eligible patients received such adjuvant therapy after ipilimumab (Yervoy) was approved by the FDA for this indication. Read More ›

A single infusion of the investigational agent lifileucel—an immunotherapy using cryopreserved autologous tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL)—induced responses in more than 33% of patients with advanced melanoma whose disease progressed with multiple previous therapies, including PD-1 and BRAF/MEK inhibitors. Read More ›

Moving combination immunotherapy into the neoadjuvant setting for patients with stage III melanoma induces a higher rate of pathologic response than adjuvant therapy, said Christian U. Blank, MD, PhD, Division of Molecular Oncology & Immunology, Netherlands Cancer Institute, ­Amsterdam, at the 2019 ASCO-­SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium. Read More ›


On February 15, 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the immunotherapy agent pembrolizumab (Keytruda; Merck) for the adjuvant treatment of patients with resected stage III melanoma. Read More ›

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