Melanoma represents 2-3% of all cancers, 95% of them arise from skin, while only 5%
are non-cutaneous melanoma. Despite an optimal surgery management, the risk of a local and systemic
relapse remains high, particularly in high-risk patients (node-positive or node-negative T3b,
T4 a/b). We conducted a systematic review of the main published and ongoing phase I/II/III trials
between 2000 and June 2015 on the adjuvant treatment of cutaneous melanoma. The IFN remains
the only option currently available for this aim. Ipilimumab represents a possible breakthrough in
this setting, considering the positive results of the EORTC 18701 trials in terms of disease free survival
(DFS), while data regarding OS are pending. Recent advances in the understanding of the biology
of melanoma result in the identification of MAPK pathway role in the melanoma development.
Based on these features, B-RAF inhibitors and their combination with immunotherapy could represent
the upcoming therapeutic strategy.
Keywords: Adjuvant treatment, biochemotherapy, immunotherapy, interferon, melanoma, radiotherapy, target therapy.
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