Although TKI therapy is highly effective, it is expensive, and may cost $146,000 per year on average if a patient is uninsured. High expenses make it difficult even for insured patients to meet their copayments and coinsurance costs.
Researchers found that cells resistant to both BRAF inhibition and combination inhibition were sensitive to PAK inhibition, and further that PAK inhibition slowed cell-cycle progression.
About one-third of patients will experience disease recurrence after undergoing nephrectomy, and clinical trials exploring the use of adjuvant therapy in these patients produce conflicting results.
Mario Sznol, MD, of the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, discusses melanoma clinical trial results just published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Ongoing trials, including those that combine immunotherapy with BRAF inhibitors or a triple combination of an anti-PD-1 antibody with BRAF and MEK inhibitors, may provide more options to patients.
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