Mortality rates of melanoma are predicted to fall by 2050, but the number of individuals dying from the disease will increase due to population growth and ageing.
Findings of two studies presented recently at the European Cancer Congress 2017 (ECCO 2017) demonstrates the effect of the PD-1 inhibitor, pembrolizumab, against a rare form of melanoma and bladder cancer.
Pembrolizumab is cost-effective in the first-line treatment of advanced melanoma in Hong Kong compared with ipilimumab and standard chemotherapy, according to a study presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Asia 2016 Congress held recently in Singapore.
Findings from a phase III trial show that the anti-CD30 antibody-drug conjugate, brentuximab vedotin (BV), is superior to methotrexate or bexarotene in the efficacy endpoint of overall response rate (ORR) lasting ≥4 months in the treatment of cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL).
Data from trials presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2016 showed clinically significant overall survival (OS) benefit with CTLA-4 and PD-1 inhibitors in patients with advanced melanoma.
Ipilimumab, given as adjuvant therapy after complete resection of stage III melanoma, significantly improved overall survival (OS) and distant metastases-free survival (DMFS) vs placebo, according to new results from the EORTC 18071 trial. [ESMO 2016, abstract LBA2_PR]