“To Anticipate”: Neoadjuvant Therapy in Melanoma with a Focus on Predictive Biomarkers

Mattia Garutti, Silvia Buriolla, Elisa Bertoli, Maria Grazia Vitale, Ernesto Rossi, Giovanni Schinzari, Alessandro Marco Minisini, Fabio Puglisi

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Despite surgical resection and adjuvant therapies, stage III melanomas still have a substantial risk of relapse. Neoadjuvant therapy is an emerging strategy that might offer superior efficacy compared to adjuvant therapy. Moreover, neoadjuvant therapy has some virtual advantages: it might allow for less demolitive surgery, permit the in vivo evaluation of drug efficacy, help tailor adjuvant treatments, and play a crucial role in innovative translational research. Herein, we review the available literature to explore the scientific background behind the neoadjuvant approach. We also discuss published clinical trials with a focus on predictive biomarkers and ongoing studies. Finally, we outline a possible framework for future neoadjuvant clinical trial development based on the International Neoadjuvant Melanoma Consortium guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1941
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • Adjuvant
  • BRAF
  • Immunotherapy
  • MEK
  • Melanoma
  • Neoadjuvant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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