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Melanoma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Stage IV and Recurrent Melanoma

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Other Treatment Options Under Clinical Evaluation for Patients With Stage IV and Recurrent Melanoma

  1. Immunotherapy, including anti-PD-1 and vaccines.
  2. Signal transduction inhibitors, including P13K (phosphoinositide-3 kinase) and Akt (protein kinase B inhibitors).
  3. Antiangiogenesis agents. Preclinical data suggest that increased vascular endothelial growth factor production may be implicated in resistance to BRAF inhibitors.[44]
  4. Intralesional injections; for example, oncologic viruses.
  5. Complete surgical resection of all known disease versus best medical therapy.

Current Clinical Trials

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage IV melanoma and recurrent melanoma. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.

General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.

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