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Melanoma: HELP
Articles by Sanjiv S. Agarwala
Based on 48 articles published since 2010
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Between 2010 and 2020, S. Agarwala wrote the following 48 articles about Melanoma.
 
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1 Guideline An update on the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer consensus statement on tumor immunotherapy for the treatment of cutaneous melanoma: version 2.0. 2018

Sullivan, Ryan J / Atkins, Michael B / Kirkwood, John M / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Clark, Joseph I / Ernstoff, Marc S / Fecher, Leslie / Gajewski, Thomas F / Gastman, Brian / Lawson, David H / Lutzky, Jose / McDermott, David F / Margolin, Kim A / Mehnert, Janice M / Pavlick, Anna C / Richards, Jon M / Rubin, Krista M / Sharfman, William / Silverstein, Steven / Slingluff, Craig L / Sondak, Vernon K / Tarhini, Ahmad A / Thompson, John A / Urba, Walter J / White, Richard L / Whitman, Eric D / Hodi, F Stephen / Kaufman, Howard L. ·Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA, 02114, USA. · Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 20057, USA. · University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, USA. · St. Luke's Cancer Center and Temple University, Center Valley, PA, 18034, USA. · Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL, 60153, USA. · Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, 14263, USA. · University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, USA. · University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 60637, USA. · Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 44195, USA. · Emory Winship Cancer Institute, Atlanta, GA, 30322, USA. · Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL, 33140, USA. · Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, 02215, USA. · City of Hope, Duarte, CA, 91010, USA. · Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901, USA. · New York University Cancer Institute, New York, NY, 10016, USA. · Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL, 60068, USA. · The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD, 21231, USA. · Melanoma Research Foundation, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, 07077, USA. · University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 22908, USA. · H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL, 33612, USA. · Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center, Cleveland, OH, 44195, USA. · Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA, 98109, USA. · Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, Providence Cancer Center, Portland, OR, 97213, USA. · Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC, 28204, USA. · Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Morristown, NJ, 07046, USA. · Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, 02215, USA. · Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA, 02114, USA. howardkaufman6@gmail.com. ·J Immunother Cancer · Pubmed #29848375.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Cancer immunotherapy has been firmly established as a standard of care for patients with advanced and metastatic melanoma. Therapeutic outcomes in clinical trials have resulted in the approval of 11 new drugs and/or combination regimens for patients with melanoma. However, prospective data to support evidence-based clinical decisions with respect to the optimal schedule and sequencing of immunotherapy and targeted agents, how best to manage emerging toxicities and when to stop treatment are not yet available. METHODS: To address this knowledge gap, the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Melanoma Task Force developed a process for consensus recommendations for physicians treating patients with melanoma integrating evidence-based data, where available, with best expert consensus opinion. The initial consensus statement was published in 2013, and version 2.0 of this report is an update based on a recent meeting of the Task Force and extensive subsequent discussions on new agents, contemporary peer-reviewed literature and emerging clinical data. The Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) clinical practice guidelines were used as a basis for consensus development with an updated literature search for important studies published between 1992 and 2017 and supplemented, as appropriate, by recommendations from Task Force participants. RESULTS: The Task Force considered patients with stage II-IV melanoma and here provide consensus recommendations for how they would incorporate the many immunotherapy options into clinical pathways for patients with cutaneous melanoma. CONCLUSION: These clinical guidleines provide physicians and healthcare providers with consensus recommendations for managing melanoma patients electing treatment with tumor immunotherapy.

2 Guideline Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy and Management of Regional Lymph Nodes in Melanoma: American Society of Clinical Oncology and Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Update. 2018

Wong, Sandra L / Faries, Mark B / Kennedy, Erin B / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Akhurst, Timothy J / Ariyan, Charlotte / Balch, Charles M / Berman, Barry S / Cochran, Alistair / Delman, Keith A / Gorman, Mark / Kirkwood, John M / Moncrieff, Marc D / Zager, Jonathan S / Lyman, Gary H. ·Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA. · The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute, Santa Monica, CA, USA. · American Society of Clinical Oncology, Alexandria, VA, USA. guidelines@asco.org. · St Luke's Cancer Center, Easton, PA, USA. · Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. · Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA. · MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA. · Broward Health, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA. · Los Angeles Center for Health Services, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. · Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. · , Silver Spring, MD, USA. · University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. · Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK. · H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL, USA. · Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA. ·Ann Surg Oncol · Pubmed #29236202.

ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: To update the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)-Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) guideline for sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy in melanoma. METHODS: An ASCO-SSO panel was formed, and a systematic review of the literature was conducted regarding SLN biopsy and completion lymph node dissection (CLND) after a positive sentinel node in patients with melanoma. RESULTS: Nine new observational studies, two systematic reviews and an updated randomized controlled trial (RCT) of SLN biopsy, as well as two randomized controlled trials of CLND after positive SLN biopsy, were included. RECOMMENDATIONS: Routine SLN biopsy is not recommended for patients with thin melanomas that are T1a (non-ulcerated lesions < 0.8 mm in Breslow thickness). SLN biopsy may be considered for thin melanomas that are T1b (0.8 to 1.0 mm Breslow thickness or <0.8 mm Breslow thickness with ulceration) after a thorough discussion with the patient of the potential benefits and risk of harms associated with the procedure. SLN biopsy is recommended for patients with intermediate-thickness melanomas (T2 or T3; Breslow thickness of >1.0 to 4.0 mm). SLN biopsy may be recommended for patients with thick melanomas (T4; > 4.0 mm in Breslow thickness), after a discussion of the potential benefits and risks of harm. In the case of a positive SLN biopsy, CLND or careful observation are options for patients with low-risk micrometastatic disease, with due consideration of clinicopathological factors. For higher risk patients, careful observation may be considered only after a thorough discussion with patients about the potential risks and benefits of foregoing CLND. Important qualifying statements outlining relevant clinicopathological factors, and details of the reference patient populations are included within the guideline.

3 Guideline Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy and Management of Regional Lymph Nodes in Melanoma: American Society of Clinical Oncology and Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Update. 2018

Wong, Sandra L / Faries, Mark B / Kennedy, Erin B / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Akhurst, Timothy J / Ariyan, Charlotte / Balch, Charles M / Berman, Barry S / Cochran, Alistair / Delman, Keith A / Gorman, Mark / Kirkwood, John M / Moncrieff, Marc D / Zager, Jonathan S / Lyman, Gary H. ·Sandra L. Wong, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH · Mark B. Faries, The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute, Santa Monica · Alistair Cochran, University of California, Los Angeles Center for Health Services, Los Angeles, CA · Erin B. Kennedy, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Alexandria, VA · Sanjiv S. Agarwala, St Luke's Cancer Center, Easton · John M. Kirkwood, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA · Timothy J. Akhurst, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Victoria, Australia · Charlotte Ariyan, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY · Charles M. Balch, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX · Barry S. Berman, Broward Health, Fort Lauderdale · Jonathan S. Zager, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL · Keith A. Delman, Emory University, Atlanta, GA · Mark Gorman, Silver Spring, MD · Marc D. Moncrieff, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, United Kingdom · and Gary H. Lyman, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA. ·J Clin Oncol · Pubmed #29232171.

ABSTRACT: Purpose To update the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)-Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) guideline for sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy in melanoma. Methods An ASCO-SSO panel was formed, and a systematic review of the literature was conducted regarding SLN biopsy and completion lymph node dissection (CLND) after a positive sentinel node in patients with melanoma. Results Nine new observational studies, two systematic reviews, and an updated randomized controlled trial of SLN biopsy, as well as two randomized controlled trials of CLND after positive SLN biopsy, were included. Recommendations Routine SLN biopsy is not recommended for patients with thin melanomas that are T1a (nonulcerated lesions < 0.8 mm in Breslow thickness). SLN biopsy may be considered for thin melanomas that are T1b (0.8 to 1.0 mm Breslow thickness or < 0.8 mm Breslow thickness with ulceration) after a thorough discussion with the patient of the potential benefits and risk of harms associated with the procedure. SLN biopsy is recommended for patients with intermediate-thickness melanomas (T2 or T3; Breslow thickness of > 1.0 to 4.0 mm). SLN biopsy may be recommended for patients with thick melanomas (T4; > 4.0 mm in Breslow thickness), after a discussion of the potential benefits and risks of harm. In the case of a positive SLN biopsy, CLND or careful observation are options for patients with low-risk micrometastatic disease, with due consideration of clinicopathological factors. For higher-risk patients, careful observation may be considered only after a thorough discussion with patients about the potential risks and benefits of foregoing CLND. Important qualifying statements outlining relevant clinicopathological factors and details of the reference patient populations are included within the guideline. Additional information is available at www.asco.org/melanoma-guidelines and www.asco.org/guidelineswiki .

4 Guideline The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer consensus statement on tumour immunotherapy for the treatment of cutaneous melanoma. 2013

Kaufman, Howard L / Kirkwood, John M / Hodi, F Stephen / Agarwala, Sanjiv / Amatruda, Thomas / Bines, Steven D / Clark, Joseph I / Curti, Brendan / Ernstoff, Marc S / Gajewski, Thomas / Gonzalez, Rene / Hyde, Laura Jane / Lawson, David / Lotze, Michael / Lutzky, Jose / Margolin, Kim / McDermott, David F / Morton, Donald / Pavlick, Anna / Richards, Jon M / Sharfman, William / Sondak, Vernon K / Sosman, Jeffrey / Steel, Susan / Tarhini, Ahmad / Thompson, John A / Titze, Jill / Urba, Walter / White, Richard / Atkins, Michael B. ·Rush University Cancer Center, 1725 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612, USA. ·Nat Rev Clin Oncol · Pubmed #23982524.

ABSTRACT: Immunotherapy is associated with durable clinical benefit in patients with melanoma. The goal of this article is to provide evidence-based consensus recommendations for the use of immunotherapy in the clinical management of patients with high-risk and advanced-stage melanoma in the USA. To achieve this goal, the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer sponsored a panel of melanoma experts--including physicians, nurses, and patient advocates--to develop a consensus for the clinical application of tumour immunotherapy for patients with melanoma. The Institute of Medicine clinical practice guidelines were used as a basis for this consensus development. A systematic literature search was performed for high-impact studies in English between 1992 and 2012 and was supplemented as appropriate by the panel. This consensus report focuses on issues related to patient selection, toxicity management, clinical end points and sequencing or combination of therapy. The literature review and consensus panel voting and discussion were used to generate recommendations for the use of immunotherapy in patients with melanoma, and to assess and rate the strength of the supporting evidence. From the peer-reviewed literature the consensus panel identified a role for interferon-α2b, pegylated-interferon-α2b, interleukin-2 (IL-2) and ipilimumab in the clinical management of melanoma. Expert recommendations for how to incorporate these agents into the therapeutic approach to melanoma are provided in this consensus statement. Tumour immunotherapy is a useful therapeutic strategy in the management of patients with melanoma and evidence-based consensus recommendations for clinical integration are provided and will be updated as warranted.

5 Guideline Sentinel lymph node biopsy for melanoma: American Society of Clinical Oncology and Society of Surgical Oncology joint clinical practice guideline. 2012

Wong, Sandra L / Balch, Charles M / Hurley, Patricia / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Akhurst, Timothy J / Cochran, Alistair / Cormier, Janice N / Gorman, Mark / Kim, Theodore Y / McMasters, Kelly M / Noyes, R Dirk / Schuchter, Lynn M / Valsecchi, Matias E / Weaver, Donald L / Lyman, Gary H / Anonymous121186 / Anonymous131186. ·University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. ·J Clin Oncol · Pubmed #22778321.

ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) sought to provide an evidence-based guideline on the use of lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy in staging patients with newly diagnosed melanoma. METHODS: A comprehensive systematic review of the literature published from January 1990 through August 2011 was completed using MEDLINE and EMBASE. Abstracts from ASCO and SSO annual meetings were included in the evidence review. An Expert Panel was convened to review the evidence and develop guideline recommendations. RESULTS: Seventy-three studies met full eligibility criteria. The evidence review demonstrated that SLN biopsy is an acceptable method for lymph node staging of most patients with newly diagnosed melanoma. RECOMMENDATIONS: SLN biopsy is recommended for patients with intermediate-thickness melanomas (Breslow thickness, 1 to 4 mm) of any anatomic site; use of SLN biopsy in this population provides accurate staging. Although there are few studies focusing on patients with thick melanomas (T4; Breslow thickness, > 4 mm), SLN biopsy may be recommended for staging purposes and to facilitate regional disease control. There is insufficient evidence to support routine SLN biopsy for patients with thin melanomas (T1; Breslow thickness, < 1 mm), although it may be considered in selected patients with high-risk features when staging benefits outweigh risks of the procedure. Completion lymph node dissection (CLND) is recommended for all patients with a positive SLN biopsy and achieves good regional disease control. Whether CLND after a positive SLN biopsy improves survival is the subject of the ongoing Multicenter Selective Lymphadenectomy Trial II.

6 Guideline Sentinel lymph node biopsy for melanoma: American Society of Clinical Oncology and Society of Surgical Oncology joint clinical practice guideline. 2012

Wong, Sandra L / Balch, Charles M / Hurley, Patricia / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Akhurst, Timothy J / Cochran, Alistair / Cormier, Janice N / Gorman, Mark / Kim, Theodore Y / McMasters, Kelly M / Noyes, R Dirk / Schuchter, Lynn M / Valsecchi, Matias E / Weaver, Donald L / Lyman, Gary H / Anonymous11110730 / Anonymous11120730. ·University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. ·Ann Surg Oncol · Pubmed #22766987.

ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) sought to provide an evidence-based guideline on the use of lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy in staging patients with newly diagnosed melanoma. METHODS: A comprehensive systematic review of the literature published from January 1990 through August 2011 was completed using MEDLINE and EMBASE. Abstracts from ASCO and SSO annual meetings were included in the evidence review. An Expert Panel was convened to review the evidence and develop guideline recommendations. RESULTS: Seventy-three studies met full eligibility criteria. The evidence review demonstrated that SLN biopsy is an acceptable method for lymph node staging of most patients with newly diagnosed melanoma. RECOMMENDATIONS: SLN biopsy is recommended for patients with intermediate-thickness melanomas (Breslow thickness, 1-4 mm) of any anatomic site; use of SLN biopsy in this population provides accurate staging. Although there are few studies focusing on patients with thick melanomas (T4; Breslow thickness, >4 mm), SLN biopsy may be recommended for staging purposes and to facilitate regional disease control. There is insufficient evidence to support routine SLN biopsy for patients with thin melanomas (T1; Breslow thickness, <1 mm), although it may be considered in selected patients with high-risk features when staging benefits outweigh risks of the procedure. Completion lymph node dissection (CLND) is recommended for all patients with a positive SLN biopsy and achieves good regional disease control. Whether CLND after a positive SLN biopsy improves survival is the subject of the ongoing Multicenter Selective Lymphadenectomy Trial II.

7 Editorial Rose Bengal for melanoma treatment: will it translate to the clinic? 2015

Agarwala, Sanjiv S. ·Oncology & Hematology, St Luke's University Hospital & Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA. ·Melanoma Manag · Pubmed #30190837.

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8 Review Management of metastatic cutaneous melanoma: updates in clinical practice. 2019

Schvartsman, Gustavo / Taranto, Patricia / Glitza, Isabella C / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Atkins, Michael B / Buzaid, Antonio C. ·Centro de Oncologia e Hematologia - Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, 627 Albert Einstein Avenue, São Paulo, SP 05653-120, Brazil. · Department of Medical Oncology, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. · Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA. · Department of Hematology and Oncology, and Temple University, Easton, PA, USA. · Department of Oncology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, DC, USA. · Department of Medical Oncology, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP, Brazila and Department of Medical Oncology, A Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo - BP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. ·Ther Adv Med Oncol · Pubmed #31205512.

ABSTRACT: In recent years, several drugs have been approved for the treatment of patients with metastatic cutaneous melanoma, completely reshaping the landscape of this aggressive disease. Immune therapy with cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 and programmed cell death-1 inhibitors yielded significant and durable responses, achieving long-term disease control in up to 40% of the patients. BRAF inhibitors (BRAFi), in combination with MEK inhibitors, also resulted in improved overall survival compared with single-agent BRAFi in patients with

9 Review Skin cancer screening: recommendations for data-driven screening guidelines and a review of the US Preventive Services Task Force controversy. 2017

Johnson, Mariah M / Leachman, Sancy A / Aspinwall, Lisa G / Cranmer, Lee D / Curiel-Lewandrowski, Clara / Sondak, Vernon K / Stemwedel, Clara E / Swetter, Susan M / Vetto, John / Bowles, Tawnya / Dellavalle, Robert P / Geskin, Larisa J / Grossman, Douglas / Grossmann, Kenneth F / Hawkes, Jason E / Jeter, Joanne M / Kim, Caroline C / Kirkwood, John M / Mangold, Aaron R / Meyskens, Frank / Ming, Michael E / Nelson, Kelly C / Piepkorn, Michael / Pollack, Brian P / Robinson, June K / Sober, Arthur J / Trotter, Shannon / Venna, Suraj S / Agarwala, Sanjiv / Alani, Rhoda / Averbook, Bruce / Bar, Anna / Becevic, Mirna / Box, Neil / E Carson, William / Cassidy, Pamela B / Chen, Suephy C / Chu, Emily Y / Ellis, Darrel L / Ferris, Laura K / Fisher, David E / Kendra, Kari / Lawson, David H / Leming, Philip D / Margolin, Kim A / Markovic, Svetomir / Martini, Mary C / Miller, Debbie / Sahni, Debjani / Sharfman, William H / Stein, Jennifer / Stratigos, Alexander J / Tarhini, Ahmad / Taylor, Matthew H / Wisco, Oliver J / Wong, Michael K. ·Department of Dermatology, Oregon Health & Science University, 3303 SW Bond Ave., Portland, OR, USA. · University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. · University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. · University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, AZ, USA. · Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, USA. · Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA. · Stanford University Medical Center & VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, USA. · Intermountain Healthcare & University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. · University of Colorado, Aurora, CO, USA. · Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. · The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA. · Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. · University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. · Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, USA. · University of California, Irvine, Orange, CA, USA. · University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. · The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA. · Emory University & Atlanta VA Medical Center, Atlanta, GA, USA. · Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL USA. · Inova Medical Group, Fairfax, VA, USA. · St Luke's University Hospital & Temple University, Bethlehem, PA, USA. · Boston University, Boston, MA, USA. · Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA. · University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA. · Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA. · Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, USA. · Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. · The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, USA. · City of Hope National Cancer Center, Duarte, CA, USA. · Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN, USA. · Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. · NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, USA. · Department of Dermatology, University of Athens, Andreas Sygros Hospital, Athens, Greece. · Bend Memorial Clinic, Bend, OR, USA. · University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA. ·Melanoma Manag · Pubmed #28758010.

ABSTRACT: Melanoma is usually apparent on the skin and readily detected by trained medical providers using a routine total body skin examination, yet this malignancy is responsible for the majority of skin cancer-related deaths. Currently, there is no national consensus on skin cancer screening in the USA, but dermatologists and primary care providers are routinely confronted with making the decision about when to recommend total body skin examinations and at what interval. The objectives of this paper are: to propose rational, risk-based, data-driven guidelines commensurate with the US Preventive Services Task Force screening guidelines for other disorders; to compare our proposed guidelines to recommendations made by other national and international organizations; and to review the US Preventive Services Task Force's 2016 Draft Recommendation Statement on skin cancer screening.

10 Review Surgical Management and Adjuvant Therapy for High-Risk and Metastatic Melanoma. 2016

van Akkooi, Alexander C J / Atkins, Michael B / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Lorigan, Paul. ·From the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, DC; St. Luke's University Hospital, Temple University, Allentown, PA; University of Manchester, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, United Kingdom. ·Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book · Pubmed #27249760.

ABSTRACT: Wide local excision is considered routine therapy after initial diagnosis of primary melanoma to reduce local recurrences, but it does not impact survival. Sentinel node staging is recommended for melanomas of intermediate thickness, but it has also not demonstrated any indisputable therapeutic effect on survival. The prognostic value of sentinel node staging has been long established and is therefore considered routine, especially in light of the eligibility criteria for adjuvant therapy (trials). Whether completion lymph node dissection after a positive sentinel node biopsy improves survival is the question of current trials. The MSLT-2 study is best powered to show a potential benefit, but it has not yet reported any data. Another study, the German DECOG study, presented at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting did not show any benefit but is criticized for the underpowered design and insufficient follow-up. There is no consensus on the use of adjuvant interferon in melanoma. This topic has been the focus of many studies with different regimens (low-, intermediate-, or high-dose and/or short- or long-term treatment). Adjuvant interferon has been shown to improve relapse-free survival but failed to improve overall survival. More recently, adjuvant ipilimumab has also demonstrated an improved relapse-free survival. Overall survival data have not yet been reported due to insufficient follow-up. Currently, studies are ongoing to analyze the use of adjuvant anti-PD-1 and molecular targeted therapies (vemurafenib, dabrafenib, and trametinib). In the absence of unambiguously positive approved agents, clinical trial participation remains a priority. This could change in the near future.

11 Review Practical Approaches to Immunotherapy in the Clinic. 2015

Agarwala, Sanjiv S. ·Chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology, St Luke's University Hospital and Health Network; Professor of Medicine Temple University, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. Electronic address: ssagarwala0501@gmail.com. ·Semin Oncol · Pubmed #26598056.

ABSTRACT: The development of immunotherapy using checkpoint blockade has altered the treatment landscape for patients who had but few options only several years ago. Currently, approved anti-checkpoint agents include ipilimumab, the first approved treatment aimed against the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) pathway, and pembrolizumab and nivolumab, which inhibit the programmed death-1 (PD-1) pathway. Careful monitoring and early intervention for immune-mediated side effects is important to mitigate toxicity. Immune-mediated response patterns may differ from response associated with conventional therapies, and so it is important to use caution against early abandonment of treatment. Biomarkers as predictive and prognostic markers of efficacy are still under investigation in an attempt to guide treatment selection in patients with advanced melanoma, and additional studies are needed to provide guidance for selection of checkpoint inhibitors to be used in sequence or combination.

12 Review Intralesional therapy for advanced melanoma: promise and limitation. 2015

Agarwala, Sanjiv S. ·St. Luke's Cancer Center and Temple University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. ·Curr Opin Oncol · Pubmed #25629369.

ABSTRACT: PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Patients with unresectable, multiple or advanced locally/regionally metastatic stage IIIB/C or stage IV M1a melanoma have a high risk for recurrence, progression and metastasis. The article reviews treatment advances for this population. RECENT FINDINGS: After promising phase 2 results with Allovectin-7 (velimogene aliplasmid), overall survival in a phase 3 study was shorter for Allovectin-7 than for dacarbazine/temozolomide (median 18.8 versus 24.1 months).In a phase 2 trial of intratumoral electroporation of plasmid interleukin-12 among 28 patients with advanced melanoma, the primary endpoint of best overall response rate within 24 weeks of first treatment was 32.2% for objective response and 10.7% for complete response.In the phase 3 OPTiM trial of talimogene laherparepvec, the intralesional agent that is furthest along in clinical testing, the primary endpoint of durable response rate was 16% for talimogene laherparepvec and 2% for granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor.In the PV-10 phase 2 trial among 80 patients with stage III-IV melanoma, the overall response rate was 51%, with a 26% complete response rate. SUMMARY: Despite advances, many patients will need several lines of therapy. Some will not be eligible for systemic therapy. Their low toxicity, easy administration and likely systemic immune effects make intralesional therapies an attractive option.

13 Review High dose interleukin-2 (Aldesleukin) - expert consensus on best management practices-2014. 2014

Dutcher, Janice P / Schwartzentruber, Douglas J / Kaufman, Howard L / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Tarhini, Ahmad A / Lowder, James N / Atkins, Michael B. ·Associate Director, Cancer Research Foundation, Chappaqua, NY, USA. jpd4401@aol.com. · Associate Director of Clinical Operations, Professor of Surgery, IU Simon Cancer Center, 550 N University Blvd, Indianapolis, 46202, IN, USA. · Chief Surgical Officer and Associate Director for Clinical Science, Professor of Surgery, Rutgers Cancer Center Institute of New Jersey, 195 Little Albany Street, Room 2007, New Brunswick, 08901, NJ, USA. · Chief of Medical Oncology and Professor of Medicine, St. Luke's Cancer Center, Bethlehem, 18015, PA, USA. · Associate Professor of Medicine and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Suite 555, 5150 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, 15232, PA, USA. · Senior Medical Director, Prometheus Laboratories Inc, 9410 Carroll Park Drive, San Diego, 92121, CA, USA. · Deputy Director, Professor of Medicine, Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, 3970 Reservoir Rd NW, NRB-E501, Washington, 20057, DC, USA. ·J Immunother Cancer · Pubmed #31546315.

ABSTRACT: Interleukin-2 (IL-2) was historically one of the few treatments for adults with stage IV solid tumors that could produce complete responses (CRs) that were often durable for decades without further therapy. The majority of complete responders with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) and metastatic melanoma (mM) could probably be classified as "cures". Recent publications have suggested improved efficacy, perhaps due to improved patient selection based on a better understanding of clinical features predicting outcomes. Guidelines for clinical management were established from experience at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and an affiliation of institutions known as the Cytokine Working Group (CWG), who were among the first to utilize HD IL-2 treatment outside of the NCI. As new centers have opened, further management variations have emerged based upon center-specific experience, to optimize administration of IL-2 and provide high quality care for patients at each individual site. Twenty years of evolution in differing environments has led to a plethora of clinical experience and effective management approaches. The goal of this review is to summarize the spectrum of HD IL-2 treatment approaches, describing various effective strategies that incorporate newer adjunctive treatments for managing the side effects of IL-2 in patients with mRCC and mM. The goal for IL-2 therapy is typically to administer the maximum number of doses of IL-2 without putting the patient at unacceptable risk for severe, irreversible toxicity. This review is based upon a consensus meeting and includes guidelines on pre-treatment screening, criteria for administration and withholding doses, and defines consensus criteria for safe administration and toxicity management. The somewhat heterogeneous best practices of 2014 will be compared and contrasted with the guidelines provided in 2001 and the package inserts from 1992 and 1998.

14 Review Metastatic melanoma to the liver: a contemporary and comprehensive review of surgical, systemic, and regional therapeutic options. 2014

Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Eggermont, Alexander M M / O'Day, Steven / Zager, Jonathan S. ·Department of Hematology/Oncology, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. ·Cancer · Pubmed #24301420.

ABSTRACT: Effective management of hepatic metastases from ocular and cutaneous melanoma remains a major therapeutic challenge. Treatment options include hepatic resection, hepatic intra-arterial (HIA) chemotherapy, chemoembolization, and hepatic perfusions. Evaluating the efficacy of these interventions is limited by the retrospective nature of most of the data, although controlled phase 3 studies are starting to emerge. Studies of hepatic resection are strongly suggestive of a survival benefit following surgery in selected patients. Effective systemic agents for metastatic cutaneous melanoma are available and supported by randomized controlled phase 3 trials. In contrast, no active systemic treatment has yet been identified for metastatic ocular melanoma. HIA and intravenous delivery of fotemustine have been compared in a randomized phase 3 trial in patients with unresectable metastases from melanoma, but no differences between the 2 approaches were observed. Hepatic arterial chemoembolization appears only to be moderately effective according to uncontrolled studies; targeting patients with less liver involvement may improve outcomes. A recent phase 3 study showed a significant improvement in hepatic progression-free survival with percutaneous hepatic perfusion compared with best alternative care in patients with metastatic melanoma; however, the overall survival analysis was confounded by crossover of control patients to active treatment. In conclusion, hepatic resection offers the possibility of long-term survival in carefully selected patients with liver-limited metastases from melanoma. In patients with unresectable cutaneous melanoma, effective systemic therapy is the best treatment option. For patients with unresectable ocular melanoma, regional treatments are likely to assume a greater role until effective systemic treatments are identified.

15 Review Ipilimumab and its toxicities: a multidisciplinary approach. 2013

Fecher, Leslie A / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Hodi, F Stephen / Weber, Jeffrey S. ·University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. lafecher@iu.edu ·Oncologist · Pubmed #23774827.

ABSTRACT: The treatment for metastatic melanoma has evolved significantly in the past few years. Ipilimumab, an immunotherapy, is now in mainstream oncology practice given that it has shown improved overall survival in randomized clinical trials. Other immune modulating agents, such as programmed death receptor-1 and programmed death receptor ligand-1 antibodies, are showing promise in early clinical trials. This manuscript will review ipilimumab and its most common side effects. Immune-related adverse events (irAEs) are important to recognize early, and their presentation, timing of onset, and general recommendations for workup and management will be reviewed. Assembling a multidisciplinary team, as well as thorough education of the patient, is recommended to optimize patient care.

16 Review An update on pegylated IFN-α2b for the adjuvant treatment of melanoma. 2012

Agarwala, Sanjiv S. ·St Luke's Cancer Center, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA. agarwas@slhn.org ·Expert Rev Anticancer Ther · Pubmed #23249109.

ABSTRACT: For patients with localized melanoma, excision of the primary tumor, including lymphadenectomy for nodal metastases, is standard treatment. However, patients with large primary tumors (stage IIB and IIC) or stage III melanoma have a relatively poor prognosis owing to the high risk of recurrence. High-dose IFN-α2b and pegylated IFN-α2b (PEG-IFN-α2b) are the only approved options for adjuvant therapy of stage III melanoma, but the lack of comparative data has led to considerable confusion in choosing between these options. In this article, current evidence regarding the pharmacokinetics, efficacy, safety and tolerability of adjuvant PEG-IFN-α2b in patients with melanoma is reviewed, with frequent reference to and comparisons with data using IFN-α2b. Particular focus is given to the pharmacokinetic differences between IFN-α2b and PEG-IFN-α2b and their implications for the treatment of high-risk patients. In addition, emerging evidence suggests that PEG-IFN-α2b therapy may provide clinically significant overall survival benefit for selected high-risk patients.

17 Review Understanding and managing interferon-α-related fatigue in patients with melanoma. 2012

Nashan, Dorothée / Reuter, Katrin / Mohr, Peter / Agarwala, Sanjiv S. ·Department of Dermatology, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. ·Melanoma Res · Pubmed #22968217.

ABSTRACT: Fatigue is the most common toxicity associated with adjuvant interferon-α treatment of melanoma, with an incidence ranging from 80 to 90%. It may be dose-limiting and may lead to treatment discontinuation in a large proportion of patients. Fatigue is commonly diagnosed by self-report, does not have a precise definition, and has a high degree of overlap with symptoms of depression. Specific fatigue scales have been developed over the past few years, assessing fatigue either one-dimensionally or multi-dimensionally. However, the characteristics that define an accurate and efficient fatigue scale have not been established. Despite the debilitating effects of fatigue resulting from interferon treatment, a large proportion of patients place a higher value on the relapse-free survival benefits of treatment compared with quality-of-life deterioration. Pharmacologic interventions to treat and manage fatigue are not well established, although psychostimulants are sometimes used. We recommend incorporating structure and routine into day-to-day activities to cope with fatigue. In our experience, participating in moderate physical activities and drinking sufficient fluids are key factors to ensuring efficient fatigue management. A multidisciplinary team is necessary to translate the fatigue management recommendations into practice. Clinical trials using appropriate fatigue assessment tools to investigate interventional therapies are warranted. We recommend the use of the cross-culturally European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer quality-of-life questionnaire Fatigue Module FA13 for clinical trials as well as in day-to-day clinical trials.

18 Review Progression of cutaneous melanoma: implications for treatment. 2012

Leong, Stanley P L / Mihm, Martin C / Murphy, George F / Hoon, Dave S B / Kashani-Sabet, Mohammed / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Zager, Jonathan S / Hauschild, Axel / Sondak, Vernon K / Guild, Valerie / Kirkwood, John M. ·Center for Melanoma Research and Treatment and Department of Surgery, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, USA. leongsx@cpmcri.org ·Clin Exp Metastasis · Pubmed #22892755.

ABSTRACT: The survival rates of melanoma, like any type of cancer, become worse with advancing stage. Spectrum theory is most consistent with the progression of melanoma from the primary site to the in-transit locations, regional or sentinel lymph nodes and beyond to the distant sites. Therefore, early diagnosis and surgical treatment before its spread is the most effective treatment. Recently, new approaches have revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. Genomic profiling and sequencing will form the basis for molecular taxonomy for more accurate subgrouping of melanoma patients in the future. New insights of molecular mechanisms of metastasis are summarized in this review article. Sentinel lymph node biopsy has become a standard of care for staging primary melanoma without the need for a more morbid complete regional lymph node dissection. With recent developments in molecular biology and genomics, novel molecular targeted therapy is being developed through clinical trials.

19 Review Cutaneous melanoma: a model to study cancer metastasis. 2011

Leong, Stanley P L / Gershenwald, Jeffrey E / Soong, Seng-Jaw / Schadendorf, Dirk / Tarhini, Ahmad A / Agarwala, Sanjiv / Hauschild, Axel / Soon, Christopher W M / Daud, Adil / Kashani-Sabet, Mohammed. ·Center for Melanoma Research and Treatment and Department of Surgery, California Pacific Medical Center and Research Institute, San Francisco, California 94115, USA. leongsx@cpmcri.org ·J Surg Oncol · Pubmed #21480247.

ABSTRACT: Nodal status in melanoma is a critically important prognostic factor for patient outcome. The survival rate drops to <10% when melanoma has spread beyond the regional lymph nodes and includes visceral involvement. In general, the process of melanoma metastasis is progressive in that dissemination of melanoma from the primary site to the regional lymph nodes occurs prior to systemic disease. The goal of this review article is to describe melanoma as a clinical model to study cancer metastasis. A future challenge is to develop a molecular taxonomy to subgroup melanoma patients at various stages of tumor progression for more accurate targeted treatment.

20 Review Current and future adjuvant immunotherapies for melanoma: blockade of cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 as a novel approach. 2011

Agarwala, Sanjiv S / O'Day, Steven J. ·Medical Oncology and Hematology, St. Luke's Cancer Center, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA. agarwas@slhn.org ·Cancer Treat Rev · Pubmed #20638184.

ABSTRACT: The current treatment for melanoma with nodal involvement, but without distant metastasis, is surgical excision and lymph node dissection followed by adjuvant therapy. A number of systemic regimens have been evaluated for melanoma patients with a medium or high risk of disease recurrence following surgery. The only agent approved for the adjuvant therapy of melanoma is high-dose interferon (IFN)-α2b, which prolongs relapse-free survival, but its effects on overall survival remain controversial. Its use is also accompanied by significant toxicity. Thus, despite its approval, high-dose IFN-α2b is not always used for the adjuvant therapy of melanoma, particularly in countries other than the United States. Studies aimed at identifying subgroups of patients that have the greatest benefit-to-risk ratio with this regimen are ongoing. Several vaccines have been studied in the adjuvant setting for melanoma, but none has shown superiority to IFN-containing regimens. The GMK ganglioside vaccine, for instance, has actually been shown to be inferior to high-dose IFN-α2b. Therefore, a therapeutic regimen which improves overall survival with a favorable safety profile would be a major advance in the adjuvant therapy of melanoma. One approach that is currently being investigated is the potentiation of antitumour immune responses through blockade of cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4). Here, we provide an overview of the current unmet needs in the adjuvant therapy of melanoma and evaluate the potential of CTLA-4 blockade as a future therapeutic option in this setting.

21 Clinical Trial A multi-center phase II study of high dose interleukin-2 sequenced with vemurafenib in patients with BRAF-V600 mutation positive metastatic melanoma. 2018

Clark, Joseph I / Singh, Jatinder / Ernstoff, Marc S / Lao, Christopher D / Flaherty, Lawrence E / Logan, Theodore F / Curti, Brendan / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Taback, Bret / Cranmer, Lee / Lutzky, Jose / Luna, Theresa L / Aung, Sandra / Lawson, David H. ·Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, IL, 60153, USA. jclark@lumc.edu. · Primary Biostatistical Solutions, Victoria, BC, Canada. · Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, USA. · University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. · The Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI, USA. · Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, USA. · Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, Providence Cancer Center, Portland, OR, USA. · St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA. · Columbia University/Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA. · Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. · Mt. Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami Beach, FL, USA. · Prometheus Laboratories Inc, San Diego, CA, USA. · Nektar Inc, San Diego, CA, USA. · Emory Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. ·J Immunother Cancer · Pubmed #30053905.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Preclinical studies suggest that BRAF inhibitors enhance anti-tumor immunity and antigen presentation. Combination BRAF inhibition with immunotherapy is an appealing therapeutic approach. We sequenced vemurafenib with HD IL-2 in patients with BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma to improve long term outcomes. METHODS: Eligible patients were HD IL-2 eligible with metastatic BRAF V600 mutated melanoma. Cohort 1 was treatment naïve and received vemurafenib 960 mg BID for 6 weeks before HD IL-2. Cohort 2 received vemurafenib for 7-18 weeks before enrollment. Both cohorts received HD IL-2 at 600,000 IU/kg every 8 h days 1-5 and days 15-19. The primary objective was to assess complete responses (CR) at 10 weeks ±3 (assessment 1) and 26 weeks ±3 (assessment 2) from the start of HD IL-2. RESULTS: Fifty-three patients were enrolled, (cohort 1, n = 38; cohort 2, n = 15). Of these, 39 underwent assessment 1 and 15 assessment 2. The CR rate at assessment 1 was 10% (95% CI 3-24) for both cohorts combined, and 27% (95% CI 8-55) at assessment 2. Three-year survival was 30 and 27% for cohort 1 and cohort 2, respectively. No unexpected toxicities occurred. A shift in the melanoma treatment landscape during this trial adversely affected accrual, leading to early trial closure. CONCLUSIONS: Vemurafenib in sequence with HD IL-2 did not change the known toxicity profile for either agent. Lower than expected response rates to vemurafenib were observed. Overall response rates and durability of responses appear similar to that observed with HD IL-2 alone. TRIAL REGISTRATION: NCTN, NCT01683188. Registered 11 September 2012, http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/NCT01683188.

22 Clinical Trial Phase III Randomized Study of 4 Weeks of High-Dose Interferon-α-2b in Stage T2bNO, T3a-bNO, T4a-bNO, and T1-4N1a-2a (microscopic) Melanoma: A Trial of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group-American College of Radiology Imaging Network Cancer Research Group (E1697). 2017

Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Lee, Sandra J / Yip, Waiki / Rao, Uma N / Tarhini, Ahmad A / Cohen, Gary I / Reintgen, Douglas S / Evans, Terry L / Brell, Joanna M / Albertini, Mark R / Atkins, Michael B / Dakhil, Shaker R / Conry, Robert M / Sosman, Jeffrey A / Flaherty, Lawrence E / Sondak, Vernon K / Carson, William E / Smylie, Michael G / Pappo, Alberto S / Kefford, Richard F / Kirkwood, John M. ·Sanjiv S. Agarwala, Saint Luke's University Hospital, Easton · Uma N. Rao, Ahmad A. Tarhini, Terry L. Evans, and John M. Kirkwood, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA · Sandra J. Lee, and Waiki Yip, Dana Farber Cancer Institute-ECOG-ACRIN Biostatistics Center, Boston, MA · Gary I. Cohen, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD · Douglas S. Reintgen, Lakeland Regional Cancer Center, Lakeland · Vernon K. Sondak, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL · Joanna M. Brell, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland · William E. Carson, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, OH · Mark R. Albertini, University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, WI · Michael B. Atkins, Georgetown Medical Center, Washington, DC · Shaker R. Dakhil, Cancer Center of Kansas, Wichita, KS · Robert M. Conry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL · Jeffrey A. Sosman, Vanderbilt University, Nashville · Alberto S. Pappo, Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital Oncology, Memphis, TN · Lawrence E. Flaherty, Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI · Michael G. Smylie, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, Canada · and Richard F. Kefford, Sydney West Area Health Service, Westmead, Australia. ·J Clin Oncol · Pubmed #28135150.

ABSTRACT: Purpose To test the efficacy of 4 weeks of intravenous (IV) induction with high-dose interferon (IFN) as part of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group regimen compared with observation (OBS) in patients with surgically resected intermediate-risk melanoma. Patients and Methods In this intergroup international trial, eligible patients had surgically resected cutaneous melanoma in the following categories: (1) T2bN0, (2) T3a-bN0, (3) T4a-bN0, and (4) T1-4N1a-2a (microscopic). Patients were randomly assigned to receive IFN α-2b at 20 MU/m

23 Clinical Trial Combined nivolumab and ipilimumab versus ipilimumab alone in patients with advanced melanoma: 2-year overall survival outcomes in a multicentre, randomised, controlled, phase 2 trial. 2016

Hodi, F Stephen / Chesney, Jason / Pavlick, Anna C / Robert, Caroline / Grossmann, Kenneth F / McDermott, David F / Linette, Gerald P / Meyer, Nicolas / Giguere, Jeffrey K / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Shaheen, Montaser / Ernstoff, Marc S / Minor, David R / Salama, April K / Taylor, Matthew H / Ott, Patrick A / Horak, Christine / Gagnier, Paul / Jiang, Joel / Wolchok, Jedd D / Postow, Michael A. ·Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA. Electronic address: stephen_hodi@dfci.harvard.edu. · University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA. · New York University, New York, NY, USA. · Gustave Roussy, INSERM U981, Paris, France. · Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. · Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA. · Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO, USA. · Institut Universitaire du Cancer, Toulouse, France. · Greenville Health System Cancer Institute, Greenville, SC, USA. · St Luke's Cancer Center and Temple University, Bethlehem, PA, USA. · University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA. · Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA. · California Pacific Center for Melanoma Research, San Francisco, CA, USA. · Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA. · Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA. · Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA. · Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ, USA. · Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA. ·Lancet Oncol · Pubmed #27622997.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Results from phase 2 and 3 trials in patients with advanced melanoma have shown significant improvements in the proportion of patients achieving an objective response and prolonged progression-free survival with the combination of nivolumab (an anti-PD-1 antibody) plus ipilimumab (an anti-CTLA-4 antibody) compared with ipilimumab alone. We report 2-year overall survival data from a randomised controlled trial assessing this treatment in previously untreated advanced melanoma. METHODS: In this multicentre, double-blind, randomised, controlled, phase 2 trial (CheckMate 069) we recruited patients from 19 specialist cancer centres in two countries (France and the USA). Eligible patients were aged 18 years or older with previously untreated, unresectable stage III or IV melanoma and an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0 or 1. Patients were randomly assigned 2:1 to receive an intravenous infusion of nivolumab 1 mg/kg plus ipilimumab 3 mg/kg or ipilimumab 3 mg/kg plus placebo, every 3 weeks for four doses. Subsequently, patients assigned to nivolumab plus ipilimumab received nivolumab 3 mg/kg every 2 weeks until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity, whereas patients allocated to ipilimumab alone received placebo every 2 weeks during this phase. Randomisation was done via an interactive voice response system with a permuted block schedule (block size of six) and stratification by BRAF mutation status. The study funder, patients, investigators, and study site staff were masked to treatment assignment. The primary endpoint, which has been reported previously, was the proportion of patients with BRAF FINDINGS: Between Sept 16, 2013, and Feb 6, 2014, we screened 179 patients and enrolled 142, randomly assigning 95 patients to nivolumab plus ipilimumab and 47 to ipilimumab alone. In each treatment group, one patient no longer met the study criteria following randomisation and thus did not receive study drug. At a median follow-up of 24·5 months (IQR 9·1-25·7), 2-year overall survival was 63·8% (95% CI 53·3-72·6) for those assigned to nivolumab plus ipilimumab and 53·6% (95% CI 38·1-66·8) for those assigned to ipilimumab alone; median overall survival had not been reached in either group (hazard ratio 0·74, 95% CI 0·43-1·26; p=0·26). Treatment-related grade 3-4 adverse events were reported in 51 (54%) of 94 patients who received nivolumab plus ipilimumab compared with nine (20%) of 46 patients who received ipilimumab alone. The most common treatment-related grade 3-4 adverse events were colitis (12 [13%] of 94 patients) and increased alanine aminotransferase (ten [11%]) in the combination group and diarrhoea (five [11%] of 46 patients) and hypophysitis (two [4%]) in the ipilimumab alone group. Serious grade 3-4 treatment-related adverse events were reported in 34 (36%) of 94 patients who received nivolumab plus ipilimumab (including colitis in ten [11%] of 94 patients, and diarrhoea in five [5%]) compared with four (9%) of 46 patients who received ipilimumab alone (including diarrhoea in two [4%] of 46 patients, colitis in one [2%], and hypophysitis in one [2%]). No new types of treatment-related adverse events or treatment-related deaths occurred in this updated analysis. INTERPRETATION: Although follow-up of the patients in this study is ongoing, the results of this analysis suggest that the combination of first-line nivolumab plus ipilimumab might lead to improved outcomes compared with first-line ipilimumab alone in patients with advanced melanoma. The results suggest encouraging survival outcomes with immunotherapy in this population of patients. FUNDING: Bristol-Myers Squibb.

24 Clinical Trial Cutaneous head and neck melanoma in OPTiM, a randomized phase 3 trial of talimogene laherparepvec versus granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor for the treatment of unresected stage IIIB/IIIC/IV melanoma. 2016

Andtbacka, Robert H I / Agarwala, Sanjiv S / Ollila, David W / Hallmeyer, Sigrun / Milhem, Mohammed / Amatruda, Thomas / Nemunaitis, John J / Harrington, Kevin J / Chen, Lisa / Shilkrut, Mark / Ross, Merrick / Kaufman, Howard L. ·University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah. · St. Luke's University Hospital and Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. · University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. · Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois. · University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. · Minnesota Oncology, Fridley, Minnesota. · Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center, Dallas, Texas. · The Institute of Cancer Research/The Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK. · Amgen, Inc, Thousand Oaks, California. · The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. · Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers, New Jersey. ·Head Neck · Pubmed #27407058.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Cutaneous head and neck melanoma has poor outcomes and limited treatment options. In OPTiM, a phase 3 study in patients with unresectable stage IIIB/IIIC/IV melanoma, intralesional administration of the oncolytic virus talimogene laherparepvec improved durable response rate (DRR; continuous response ≥6 months) compared with subcutaneous granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF). METHODS: Retrospective review of OPTiM identified patients with cutaneous head and neck melanoma given talimogene laherparepvec (n = 61) or GM-CSF (n = 26). Outcomes were compared between talimogene laherparepvec and GM-CSF treated patients with cutaneous head and neck melanoma. RESULTS: DRR was higher for talimogene laherparepvec-treated patients than for GM-CSF treated patients (36.1% vs 3.8%; p = .001). A total of 29.5% of patients had a complete response with talimogene laherparepvec versus 0% with GM-CSF. Among talimogene laherparepvec-treated patients with a response, the probability of still being in response after 12 months was 73%. Median overall survival (OS) was 25.2 months for GM-CSF and had not been reached with talimogene laherparepvec. CONCLUSION: Treatment with talimogene laherparepvec was associated with improved response and survival compared with GM-CSF in patients with cutaneous head and neck melanoma. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 38: 1752-1758, 2016.

25 Clinical Trial Results of a Randomized Controlled Multicenter Phase III Trial of Percutaneous Hepatic Perfusion Compared with Best Available Care for Patients with Melanoma Liver Metastases. 2016

Hughes, Marybeth S / Zager, Jonathan / Faries, Mark / Alexander, H Richard / Royal, Richard E / Wood, Bradford / Choi, Junsung / McCluskey, Kevin / Whitman, Eric / Agarwala, Sanjiv / Siskin, Gary / Nutting, Charles / Toomey, Mary Ann / Webb, Carole / Beresnev, Tatiana / Pingpank, James F. ·Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, USA. · H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL, USA. · John Wayne Cancer Institute, Providence St. John's Health Center, Santa Monica, CA, USA. · Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA. · M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, TX, USA. · Center for Interventional Oncology, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA. · University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. · Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Atlantic Health System, Morristown, NJ, USA. · St. Luke's Cancer Center, Bethlehem, PA, USA. · Albany Medical Neurosciences Institute, Albany, NY, USA. · RIA Endovascular, Greenwood Village, CO, USA. · University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. pingpankjf@upmc.edu. · Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Surgical Oncology Services, Hillman Cancer Center, UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. pingpankjf@upmc.edu. ·Ann Surg Oncol · Pubmed #26597368.

ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: There is no consensus for the treatment of melanoma metastatic to the liver. Percutaneous hepatic perfusion with melphalan (PHP-Mel) is a method of delivering regional chemotherapy selectively to the liver. In this study, we report the results of a multicenter, randomized controlled trial comparing PHP-Mel with best alternative care (BAC) for patients with ocular or cutaneous melanoma metastatic to the liver. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 93 patients were randomized to PHP-Mel (n = 44) or BAC (n = 49). On the PHP-Mel arm, melphalan was delivered via the hepatic artery, and the hepatic effluent captured and filtered extracorporeally prior to return to the systemic circulation via a venovenous bypass circuit. PHP-Mel was repeatable every 4-8 weeks. The primary endpoint was hepatic progression-free survival (hPFS), and secondary endpoints included overall PFS (oPFS), overall survival (OS), hepatic objective response (hOR), and safety. RESULTS: hPFS was 7.0 months for PHP-Mel and 1.6 months for BAC (p < 0.0001), while oPFS was 5.4 months for PHP-Mel and 1.6 months for BAC (p < 0.0001). Median OS was not significantly different (PHP-Mel 10.6 months vs. BAC 10.0 months), likely due to crossover to PHP-Mel treatment (57.1 %) from the BAC arm, and the hOR was 36.4 % for PHP-Mel and 2.0 % for BAC (p < 0.001). The majority of adverse events were related to bone marrow suppression. Four deaths were attributed to PHP-Mel, three in the primary PHP-Mel group, and one post-crossover to PHP-Mel from BAC. CONCLUSION: This randomized, phase III study demonstrated the efficacy of the PHP-Mel procedure. hPFS, oPFS, and hOR were significantly improved with PHP-Mel. PHP with melphalan should provide a new treatment option for unresectable metastatic melanoma in the liver.

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