Systemic Therapy for Melanoma: ASCO Guideline.

Rahul Seth, Hans Messersmith, Varinder Kaur, John M. Kirkwood, Ragini Kudchadkar, Jennifer Leigh McQuade, Anthony Provenzano, Umang Swami, Jeffrey Weber, Krishna C. Alluri, Sanjiv Agarwala, Paolo A. Ascierto, Michael B. Atkins, Nancy Davis, Marc S. Ernstoff, Mark B. Faries, Jason S. Gold, Samantha Guild, David E. Gyorki, Nikhil I. KhushalaniMichael O. Meyers, Caroline Robert, Mario Santinami, Amikar Sehdev, Vernon K. Sondak, Gilliosa Spurrier, Katy K. Tsai, Alexander van Akkooi, Pauline Funchain

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PURPOSE: To provide guidance to clinicians regarding the use of systemic therapy for melanoma. METHODS: ASCO convened an Expert Panel and conducted a systematic review of the literature. RESULTS: A systematic review, one meta-analysis, and 34 additional randomized trials were identified. The published studies included a wide range of systemic therapies in cutaneous and noncutaneous melanoma. RECOMMENDATIONS: In the adjuvant setting, nivolumab or pembrolizumab should be offered to patients with resected stage IIIA/B/C/D BRAF wild-type cutaneous melanoma, while either of those two agents or the combination of dabrafenib and trametinib should be offered in BRAF-mutant disease. No recommendation could be made for or against the use of neoadjuvant therapy in cutaneous melanoma. In the unresectable/metastatic setting, ipilimumab plus nivolumab, nivolumab alone, or pembrolizumab alone should be offered to patients with BRAF wild-type cutaneous melanoma, while those three regimens or combination BRAF/MEK inhibitor therapy with dabrafenib/trametinib, encorafenib/binimetinib, or vemurafenib/cobimetinib should be offered in BRAF-mutant disease. Patients with mucosal melanoma may be offered the same therapies recommended for cutaneous melanoma. No recommendation could be made for or against specific therapy for uveal melanoma. Additional information is available at
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2020


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