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Adjuvant Therapy With Dabrafenib Plus Trametinib May Provide Benefit in Melanoma

Source: Cancer Therapy Advisor, September 2017

Dabrafenib plus trametinib adjuvant therapy significantly lowered the risk of recurrence in patients with BRAFV600E or V600K –mutation positive stage III melanoma compared with placebo, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.1
Complete resection is the standard therapy for patients with early-stage melanoma, leading to 5-year survival rates of 98% for stage I and 90% for stage II. Patients with advanced melanoma, however, have much higher rates of recurrence even after resection, as there is regional involvement at diagnosis.
For the phase 3 COMBI-AD study ( Identifier: NCT01682083), investigators randomly assigned 870 patients with advanced melanoma with BRAFV600E/K mutations who had undergone complete resection to receive oral trametinib 2 mg once daily and dabrafenib 150 mg twice daily vs placebo for 1 year. The median follow-up was 2.8 years.
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