After years of failure in the treatment of advanced melanoma, two new drugs have emerged that help patients with one of the most deadly and difficult-to-treat cancers.
The experimental drug PLX4032 targets a specific genetic mutation found in the tumors of about half of all patients. Ipilimumab, an antibody that stimulates an immune system attack on melanoma, recently was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of the disease.
Development of new drugs is crucial, Davies notes. Today, he chairs a seminar titled Novel Targets in Melanoma Research, which brings leaders in the field together to share new approaches at the American Association for Cancer Research 102nd Annual meeting. In video interviews, Davies discussed progress against melanoma and what still needs to be done.