Despite the poor prognosis of metastatic malignant melanoma, polychemotherapy with dacarbazine and fotemustine has shown promising results in several studies. We report on the clinical efficacy of a new sequential administration regimen with dacarbazine at a dose of 200 mg/m2 followed 24 h later by fotemustine 100 mg/m2 every 4 weeks in 63 patients with metastatic melanoma. A complete response was noted in 3 patients (5%), a partial response in 4 patients (6%), stable disease in 33 patients (5%) and progressive disease in 23 patients (37%). The duration of the 3 complete responses was 5, 14+ and 60+ months, for the 4 partial responses, 3, 4, 6 and 13 months. The median duration for stable disease was 4 months. The best response rates were obtained for lung and lymph node metastases. Toxicity was mild and mainly limited to haematological without pulmonary side-effects. Although there was a relatively low objective response rate, this chemotherapy regimen as a palliative treatment, is potentially valuable for patients with progressive stage IV melanoma.