Melanoma

Study Analyzing Postmarketing Data on Breast Implant Safety Sparks FDA Response

Study Analyzing Postmarketing Data on Breast Implant Safety Sparks FDA Response

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Existing studies that summarize the risks of breast implants are not adequately powered to detect all harms, alleged authors of a study including nearly 100,000 patient outcomes.

Predicting Response to Immunotherapy in Late-Stage Melanoma

Predicting Response to Immunotherapy in Late-Stage Melanoma

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A new model has the potential to identify patients with melanoma who could benefit from treatment with checkpoint inhibitors.

Exploring the Role of Immunotherapy in Melanoma Brain Metastases

Exploring the Role of Immunotherapy in Melanoma Brain Metastases

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Although checkpoint inhibitors are active against melanoma-linked brain metastases, researchers are interested in exploring combination approaches.

Predictors of Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors in Melanoma Revealed

Predictors of Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors in Melanoma Revealed

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A computational tool appears to accurately tease out the portion of patients who might respond to checkpoint inhibitors from those who are likely to be resistant.

Limited Local Lymph Node Excision Plus Radiotherapy May Be Effective in Melanoma

Limited Local Lymph Node Excision Plus Radiotherapy May Be Effective in Melanoma

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Previous studies have evaluated the effects of limited local node excision plus radiotherapy among patients with melanoma in this subgroup, but had conflicting results.

Adjuvant Bevacizumab May Not Improve Overall Survival in Resected Melanoma

Adjuvant Bevacizumab May Not Improve Overall Survival in Resected Melanoma

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Previous studies have demonstrated that the vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor bevacizumab is active in melanoma, and may be effective in the maintenance setting.

Tapping Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

Tapping Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

Any images and personal stories that remind people about skin cancer, what to look for, even scars after surgery, really help save lives.

Frequency of Tanning, Risk for Melanoma Higher in Gym Tanners

Frequency of Tanning, Risk for Melanoma Higher in Gym Tanners

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The use of tanning beds and/or booths and their availability in gyms may increase the frequency of indoor tanning for physically active adults, a combination that further exacerbates their risk for melanoma.

Do Sunless Tanners Have Fewer Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors?

Do Sunless Tanners Have Fewer Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors?

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People who elect to undergo sunless tanning tend to continue behaviors that could increase their risk of skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Education May Improve Sun Protection Practices Among Organ Transplant Recipients

Skin Cancer Education May Improve Sun Protection Practices Among Organ Transplant Recipients

The use of multiple sun protection measures was defined as the use of 2 or more of these measures more than 50% of the time when the individual was outdoors.

Next-Generation Sequencing Adds Value by Detecting More Mutations Than Polymerase Chain Reaction in Melanoma

Next-Generation Sequencing Adds Value by Detecting More Mutations Than Polymerase Chain Reaction in Melanoma

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Since next-generation sequencing reflex testing has been implemented at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, several cases of potentially actionable mutations have been identified that would not have been caught by PCR alone.

Reprogramming T Cells Without Using Viral Vectors

Reprogramming T Cells Without Using Viral Vectors

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According to recent research, scientists may not need to rely on the use of viral vectors to edit the genes of primary immune cells when creating cell and gene therapies.

FDA Approves Encorafenib Plus Binimetinib for <i>BRAF V600E, V600K</i> Mutation-Positive Melanoma

FDA Approves Encorafenib Plus Binimetinib for BRAF V600E, V600K Mutation-Positive Melanoma

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The FDA based their approval on findings from the phase 3 COLUMBUS study, in which researchers randomly assigned patients with BRAF V600-mutant melanoma to receive encorafenib plus binimetinib, encorafenib, or vemurafenib.

Novel Targets, Treatments Needed for Melanomas Not Responding to Targeted Immunotherapies

Novel Targets, Treatments Needed for Melanomas Not Responding to Targeted Immunotherapies

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Novel targets in the treatment of melanoma was a hot topic of discussion during the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

Radiation and Immunotherapy Show Possible Survival Advantage in Melanoma-Related Brain Metastases

Radiation and Immunotherapy Show Possible Survival Advantage in Melanoma-Related Brain Metastases

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Results from a small study show that PD-1 inhibitors could work synergistically with radiosurgery to promote slightly longer survival times.

FDA Accepts sBLA for Pembrolizumab as Adjuvant Therapy for Melanoma

FDA Accepts sBLA for Pembrolizumab as Adjuvant Therapy for Melanoma

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If approved, the new indication could mean pembrolizumab could be used for patients with melanoma.

In Melanoma, Older Adults Could Benefit More From Treatment With PD-1 Inhibitors

In Melanoma, Older Adults Could Benefit More From Treatment With PD-1 Inhibitors

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Patient age should play a role in drug development strategies for melanoma, researchers of a new study say.

Long-Term Data Show Nivolumab May Provide Sustained Benefit Compared With Ipilimumab

Long-Term Data Show Nivolumab May Provide Sustained Benefit Compared With Ipilimumab

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Preliminary findings from CheckMate 238 show treatment with nivolumab significantly prolonged recurrence-free survival compared with ipilimumab in patients with resected stage III/IV melanoma after a minimum 18-month follow-up.

Complete Lymph Node Dissection May Not Improve Outcomes in Melanoma

Complete Lymph Node Dissection May Not Improve Outcomes in Melanoma

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When compared with watchful waiting, CLND did not improve survival outcomes among patients with malignant melanoma who have positive SLNB.

Latest AJCC Edition Staging System May Not Be As Effective in Differentiating Survival in Melanoma

Latest AJCC Edition Staging System May Not Be As Effective in Differentiating Survival in Melanoma

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Study authors conducted a study comparing the prognostic and discriminatory ability for survival with the 7th and 8th Editions.

Encorafenib Plus Binimetinib for Metastatic Melanoma

Encorafenib Plus Binimetinib for Metastatic Melanoma

Victor Sandor, MD, discusses the treatment combination at the ASCO 2018 meeting in Chicago.

Marital Status Predicts Melanoma Stage at Diagnosis—But Why?

Marital Status Predicts Melanoma Stage at Diagnosis—But Why?

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Married people are more likely than unmarried, divorced, or widowed patients to be diagnosed with skin cancer at early, more readily-treatable stages of disease.

Melanoma: FDA Approves Adjuvant Dabrafenib With Trametinib

Melanoma: FDA Approves Adjuvant Dabrafenib With Trametinib

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The FDA based its approval on the results of the phase 3 COMBI-AD study.

The Benefits of Adjuvant Immunotherapy in Melanoma

The Benefits of Adjuvant Immunotherapy in Melanoma

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KEYNOTE-054 may show whether some patients with resected disease can forego adjuvant therapy.

SLNBs Feasible After Wide Local Excisions in Melanoma of the Head and Neck

SLNBs Feasible After Wide Local Excisions in Melanoma of the Head and Neck

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Sentinel nodes were accurately identified in all 30 patients who underwent WLE.

Late-Onset Toxicity Possible With Immunotherapy

Late-Onset Toxicity Possible With Immunotherapy

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Postapproval studies are needed to further characterize the risk and long-term safety of immune checkpoint inhibition.

Adjuvant Pembrolizumab Reduces Risk of Recurrence in Stage III Melanoma

Adjuvant Pembrolizumab Reduces Risk of Recurrence in Stage III Melanoma

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Improvement in RFS was seen regardless of PD-L1 status.

Nivolumab With/Without Ipilimumab Active in Melanoma Brain Metastases

Nivolumab With/Without Ipilimumab Active in Melanoma Brain Metastases

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Grade 3 to 4 adverse events were observed in 54% (19), 16% (4), and 13% (2) of patients in Cohorts A, B, and C, respectively.

USPSTF: Behavioral interventions do not reduce sunburn or skin cancer outcomes

This systematic review analyzed the current evidence on the benefits and harms of behavioral counseling for skin cancer prevention and found that these interventions can increase sun protection behavior.

Encorafenib, Binimetinib May Be Effective in <i>BRAF</i>-Mutant Melanoma

Encorafenib, Binimetinib May Be Effective in BRAF-Mutant Melanoma

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One death possibly related to treatment was, however, noted in the combination group.

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