Melanoma & Skin Cancer Articles

NKTR-214/Nivolumab Efficacy Sustained in Phase II Findings
Combining the CD122-biased cytokine NKTR-214 with the PD-1 inhibitor nivolumab (Opdivo) showed promising antitumor activity, particularly in PD-L1–negative patients. 
Matched Targeted Therapy Extends Survival in Advanced Hard-to-Treat Cancers
Personalized therapy based on tumor molecular profiling resulted in improved overall survival for patients with advanced, hard-to-treat cancers.
Novel Immunotherapy Shows Early Efficacy in Uveal Melanoma
IMCgp100, a novel immune-based treatment, demonstrated a 1-year survival rate of 73% for patients with heavily pretreated, which is nearly double the historical expectations for patients with the disease.
The unique biological characteristics of uveal melanoma have prompted the National Comprehensive Cancer Network to develop the first set of guidelines for the diagnosis and management of the rare cancer. 
The FDA has approved the combination of dabrafenib and trametinib for the adjuvant treatment of patients with BRAF V600E– or V600K–positive stage III melanoma following complete resection.
 
FDA Grants Priority Review to Cemiplimab in CSCC
The FDA has granted a priority review to a biologics license application for the PD-1 inhibitor cemiplimab for the treatment of patients with metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC) or patients with locally advanced CSCC who are not eligible for surgery.
 
New Nivolumab Dosing Schedules Approved in Europe
The European Commission has approved 2 new dosing schedules for nivolumab across several tumor types.
Giant of Cancer Care Shares Insights on Adjuvant Therapy in Melanoma
Adjuvant treatment of patients with intermediate- and high-risk melanoma has changed drastically in the past decade, according to John M. Kirkwood, MD.  
TLR9 Agonist May Reverse Resistance to PD-1 Inhibition in Melanoma
Combination use of CMP-001, an intratumoral toll-like receptor 9 agonist, and pembrolizumab (Keytruda) showed clinical activity in reversing PD-1 checkpoint inhibition resistance in patients with metastatic melanoma.
Adjuvant Pembrolizumab Improves RFS in Stage III Melanoma
Adjuvant pembrolizumab (Keytruda) reduced the risk of recurrence or death by 43% in patients with resected, high-risk stage III melanoma, according to phase III results from the EORTC 1325-MG/KEYNOTE-054 trial. 
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