Response to Initial Immunotherapy Treatment Predicts Melanoma Outcomes

Source: Medscape, November 2019

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I’m Dr Jeffrey Weber, deputy director of the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health in New York City. I want to briefly describe an article by Huang and colleagues[1] that was published in March in Nature Medicine. This paper reported an interesting neoadjuvant study in patients with resectable melanoma. I should point out that neoadjuvant studies are all the rage now in melanoma and a number of other histologies that are sensitive to immunotherapy.

In this study, patients with resectable stage IIIB, IIIC, and IV melanoma were given a single dose of the programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) antibody pembrolizumab. Three weeks later, the patients had surgery and then received 1 year of adjuvant pembrolizumab, which is now a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved therapy.

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