In conjunction with urelumab, nivolumab may be an effective treatment for patients with advanced or metastatic melanoma, according to a press release from Bristol-Myers Squibb.1

Results from a phase 1/2 study ( Identifier: NCT02534506) of urelumab and nivolumab for patients with a hematologic or solid cancer indicate that 18 of 46 patients with melanoma enrolled to this study had a confirmed objective response.

The response rates were similar regardless of PD-L1 status: 50% of PD-L1 positive and 47% of PD-L1 negative patients achieved a confirmed objective response.

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There was no significant increase of treatment-related toxicity among patients who received urelumab plus nivolumab compared to that with nivolumab alone.

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Sixty-three percent of patients in the melanoma cohort had a treatment-related adverse event, including fatigue, increased alanine transaminase (ALT), anemia, and increased aspartate transaminase (AST).


  1. Phase 1/2 data combining urelumab with Opdivo (nivolumab) in hematologic and solid tumors suggest increased antitumor effect in patients with melanoma. Bristol-Myers Squibb website. Updated November 12, 2016. Accessed November 17, 2016.