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Adding Immunotherapy to BRAF/MEK Inhibition in BRAF V600–Mutant Melanoma: First Step on the Journey

As investigators, we were always determined to find the drug to work with BRAF/MEK inhibitor combination therapy. It had come on like a storm and showed us that we could help even those with the most advanced metastatic melanoma, as long as it harbored the magical BRAF V600E mutation.1...

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Expert Point of View: Omid Hamid, MD

Omid Hamid, MD, Chief of Research/Immuno-Oncology, The Angeles Clinic & Research Institute, and Co-Director of the Cutaneous Malignancy Program at Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center, Los Angeles, commented on these two studies for The ASCO Post. According to Dr. Hamid, the findings for the tumor...

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Numerous ESMO Presentations Focused on Anti–PD-1 Therapy in Lung Cancer and Melanoma

The 2016 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress was jam-packed with studies of the anti–programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) antibodies in non–small cell lung cancer and melanoma, where they have clearly changed the treatment paradigm. Here is a roundup of some of those trials,...

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Omid Hamid, MD, on Melanoma: Results From the KEYNOTE-002 Study

Omid Hamid, MD, of The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute, discusses survival data from this clinical trial on pembrolizumab vs investigator-choice chemotherapy for ipilimumab-refractory melanoma. (Abstract 1107O) Follow him on Twitter: @omidhamidmd

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Using the New Melanoma Drugs in the Clinic

With two effective new treatments for advanced melanoma, the question has become how to best use them and how to manage their toxicities.  Vemurafenib (Zelboraf) and ipilimumab (Yervoy)1 have different pharmacokinetics, which lend themselves to different patient types. Omid Hamid, MD, of The...

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Novel BRAF Inhibitor Receives FDA Approval in Metastatic Melanoma

Vemurafenib (Zelboraf) received FDA approval on August 17, 2011, for treatment of metastatic or unresectable melanoma, based on the results of the phase III BRIM3 trial.1 BRIM3 compared vemurafenib to dacarbazine in 675 untreated patients with the BRAF V600E mutation. Vemurafenib targets the...

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Adjuvant Treatment Still Standard in Melanoma, but New Drugs Prolong Life in Metastatic Setting

At the Best of ASCO® Miami meeting, Omid Hamid, MD, The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute (www.theangelesclinic.org), Los Angeles, California, reviewed abstracts that received a great deal of attention at this year’s Annual Meeting—the new treatments for metastatic melanoma. He also described...

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