Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry

(Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry - Anti-Cancer Agents)

Michelle Prudhomme  
Universite Blaise Pascal - C.N.R.S
Aubiere Cedex


Multidisciplinary Approach to Patient with Malignant Melanoma

Author(s): Giuseppina Della Vittoria Scarpati, Celeste Fusciello, Francesco Sabbatino, Soldano Ferrone, Francesco Caponigro, Francesco Perri, Chiara Carlomagno, Stefano Pepe.


The incidence of melanoma is rapidly increasing worldwide and the prognosis of patients with metastatic disease is still poor, with a median survival of 8–9 months and a 3-year overall survival (OS) rate less than 15% [1,2].

A complete surgical excision is the main treatment for primary cutaneous melanoma [3], but controversies about the extension of excision margins still remain [4].

Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) provides important prognostic and staging data by the identification of regional node-negative patients who would not benefit from a complete nodal dissection. However, there is no consensus in the definition of melanoma thickness to enforce the execution of the SLNB [5].

To date, Interferon-α (IFN-α)is the only approved adjuvant treatment after surgical excision of high-risk melanoma, but its indication remains still controversial [2,6].

Keywords: Melanoma, immunotherapy, B-RAF inibithors, chemotherapy.

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Article Details

Year: 2013
Page: [887 - 900]
Pages: 14
DOI: 10.2174/18715206113139990079
Price: $58