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Expert Addresses Ongoing Challenges in Melanoma

Angelica Welch
Published: Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017

Merrick I. Ross, MD

Merrick I. Ross, MD
At the 7th European Post-Chicago Melanoma/Skin Cancer Meeting, Merrick I. Ross, MD, lectured on key issues in the evolving paradigm of melanoma care.

during the meeting, Ross, Charles M. McBride Distinguished Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, shared his thoughts on ongoing challenges in melanoma, including treating liver metastases, the diminished yet important role of surgery, and the need for better biomarkers.

OncLive: Can you discuss your presentation on liver metastases in melanoma?

McBride: We have a very active multidisciplinary program at MD Anderson. I was invited to [Post-Chicago Melanoma] to talk about a couple different topics—one of them has to do with how to treat liver metastases for melanoma. It is a very difficult problem for a variety of reasons, one being that it is possible that the liver is somewhat of a sanctuary, and the very active immunotherapeutic agents may not be as effective in the liver. Although we certainly see responses with the PD-1 therapies and the combination with ipilimumab (Yervoy), generally speaking, it doesn’t seem like that disease responds as well as some other sites.
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Advances in™ Melanoma: Exploring BRAF/MEK in Adjuvant and Neoadjuvant SettingsSep 28, 20191.5
Medical Crossfire®: What Does Data Tell Us About How to Optimize Checkpoint Inhibitor Strategies Across Lines of Care for Patients with Melanoma?Nov 30, 20191.5
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