In very elderly patients, less aggressive skin cancers on the face might not always need to be treated, a new study suggests.

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Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, have identified a potential biomarker in patients with stage IV melanoma being treated with the immunotherapy pembrolizumab.

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News

In very elderly patients, less aggressive skin cancers on the face might not always need to be treated, a new study suggests.
After immunotherapy for metastatic melanoma, patients over age 65 appear to show equivalent, and perhaps better, clinical outcome than their younger counterparts.

An adjuvant combination regimen may improve the rate of relapse-free survival by 19% in patients with stage III BRAF-mutated melanoma, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine (online September 10, 2017; doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1708539).

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Recently published long-term survival data shows the benefits of combining two conventional therapies to treat patients with advanced melanoma.

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Quiz

According to a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology, which of the following factors do NOT contribute to treatment delay in melanoma?

Research in Review

Central nervous system imaging is needed during programmed death 1 (PD-1) inhibitor therapy to monitor incidence, patterns of progression, and outcomes of melanoma brain metastases, according to research presented at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting (June 2-6, 2017; Chicago, IL).

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Financial toxicity and excessive financial burden appeared common among melanoma survivors, frequently leading to disease-related distress, according to research presented at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting (June 2-6, 2017; Chicago, IL).

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Stage III and IV melanoma may have a profound impact on patients’ distress burden, which requires further intervention strategies, according to research that will be presented at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting (June 2-6, 2017; Chicago, IL).

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The treatment of advanced melanoma represents a significant burden to the health system, and differs by insurance type and geographic location, according to the results of a regional analysis.

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The National Comprehensive Cancer Network released updated guidelines for the treatment of basal cell skin cancer, squamous cell skin cancer, and merkel cell carcinoma.
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