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

Journal Name: Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
(Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry - Anti-Cancer Agents)

Volume 13 , Issue 6 , 2013

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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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Year: 2013
Published on: 31 May, 2013
Page: [887 - 900]
Pages: 14
DOI: 10.2174/18715206113139990079
Price: $65

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