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How can BRAF inhibitors help with treating melanoma?

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BRAF inhibitors include binimetinib (Mektovi), encorafenib (Braftovi), dabrafenib (Tafinlar), and vemurafenib (Zelboraf). Your doctor will only prescribe them if your melanoma can’t be removed with surgery and you have what’s known as a BRAF gene mutation. About 40% to 60% of melanomas have this mutation.

From: What Drugs Treat Melanoma? WebMD Medical Reference

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Mayo Clinic: “Melanoma.”

American Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy for melanoma skin cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Melanoma Skin Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Drugs Approved for Melanoma.”

Medscape: “BRAF Gene Mutation Tests.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 6, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Melanoma.”

American Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy for melanoma skin cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Melanoma Skin Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Drugs Approved for Melanoma.”

Medscape: “BRAF Gene Mutation Tests.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 6, 2018

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