Revolutionizing treatment of advanced melanoma with immunotherapy

Surg Oncol. 2019 Jan 12;S0960-7404(18)30482-1. doi: 10.1016/j.suronc.2019.01.002. Online ahead of print.


Until immunotherapy was developed, a diagnosis of metastatic melanoma was most often fatal. Programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) antibodies have been shown to work synergistically to treat metastatic disease throughout the body and brain. Today, over half of patients diagnosed with stage IV disease are alive after 3 years. In the adjuvant setting, 70% patients remain disease free with PD-1 blockade after 1 year. These treatments are generally safe and well tolerated. However, treatment-related endocrinopathies require long-term medications. With better therapies producing more durable responses, advanced cutaneous melanoma is dramatically more manageable now than ever before.

Keywords: Checkpoint; Immunotherapy; Melanoma.

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