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Perspectives in melanoma: Meeting report from the Melanoma Bridge (30 November-2 December, 2017, Naples, Italy).
Journal of translational medicine [electronic resource]
  • Paolo A Ascierto
  • Igor Puzanov
  • Sanjiv S Agarwala
  • Carlo Bifulco, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center, Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, OR
  • Gerardo Botti
  • Corrado Caracò
  • Gennaro Ciliberto
  • Michael A Davies
  • Reinhard Dummer
  • Soldano Ferrone
  • Thomas F Gajewski
  • Claus Garbe
  • Jason J Luke
  • Francesco M Marincola
  • Giuseppe Masucci
  • Janice M Mehnert
  • Nicola Mozzillo
  • Giuseppe Palmieri
  • Michael A Postow
  • Stephen P Schoenberger
  • Ena Wang
  • Magdalena Thurin
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  • Biomarkers,
  • Combination strategies,
  • Immunotherapy,
  • Melanoma,
  • Target therapy,
  • genomics

Metastatic melanoma represents a challenging clinical situation and, until relatively recently, there was an absence of effective treatment options. However, in 2011, the advanced melanoma treatment landscape was revolutionised with the approval of the anti-cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein-4 checkpoint inhibitor ipilimumab and the selective BRAF kinase inhibitor vemurafenib, both of which significantly improved overall survival. Since then, availability of new immunotherapies, especially the anti-programmed death-1 checkpoint inhibitors, as well as other targeted therapies, have further improved outcomes for patients with advanced melanoma. Seven years on from the first approval of these novel therapies, evidence for the use of various immune-based and targeted approaches is continuing to increase at a rapid rate. Improved understanding of the tumour microenvironment and tumour immuno-evasion strategies has resulted in different approaches to target and harness the immune response. These new immune-based approaches offer the opportunity for various approaches with distinct modes of action being used in combination with one another, as well as combined with other treatment modalities such as targeted therapy, electrochemotherapy and surgery. The increasing number of treatment options that are now available has resulted in a growing need to identify which patients will derive most benefit from which treatments. Much research is now focused on the identification of biomarkers that can be utilised to help select patients for treatment. These and other recent advances in the management of melanoma were the focus of discussions at the third Melanoma Bridge meeting (30 November-2 December, 2017, Naples, Italy), which is summarised in this report.

Clinical Institute
Earle A. Chiles Research Institute
Citation Information
Paolo A Ascierto, Igor Puzanov, Sanjiv S Agarwala, Carlo Bifulco, et al.. "Perspectives in melanoma: Meeting report from the Melanoma Bridge (30 November-2 December, 2017, Naples, Italy)." Journal of translational medicine [electronic resource] (2018)
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