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BACKGROUND Treatment with programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) antibodies is associated with high response rates in patients with advanced melanoma. Reliable markers for early response and outcome are still sparse. METHODS We evaluated 66 consecutive patients with advanced/metastatic melanoma treated with nivolumab or pembrolizumab between 2013 and 2014.(More)
Immune checkpoint inhibition with the anti-CTLA-4 antibody ipilimumab and the anti-PD-1 antibodies nivolumab and pembrolizumab has improved survival in metastatic melanoma, lung cancer and renal cancer. Use of these agents holds promise in other malignancies. The augmented immune response enabled by these agents has led to a particular group of side effects(More)
BACKGROUND Immunotherapies like the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 inhibitor ipilimumab show durable clinical benefit in patients with advanced melanoma. Reliable prognostic markers and risk scores in the era of immunotherapy are still lacking. PATIENTS AND METHODS We collected characteristics and outcomes on 134 patients with metastatic melanoma(More)
Prevalence data on the off-label use (OLU) of anticancer drugs are limited despite OLU being controversial for medical, pharmaco-economic, and ethical reasons. We therefore quantified and characterized the OLU of anticancer drugs and compared OLU based on the national drug label with international treatment recommendations. We prospectively collected data(More)
BACKGROUND Few data on patterns of care and outcomes are available for elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) outside of clinical trials. METHODS We identified patients with DLBCL older than 60 years from a regional cancer registry between 2000 and 2010. Based on registry data and chart review, 128 patients from the oncology network(More)
BACKGROUND Recent phase III clinical trials have established the superiority of the anti-PD-1 antibodies pembrolizumab and nivolumab over the anti-CTLA-4 antibody ipilimumab in the first-line treatment of patients with advanced melanoma. Ipilimumab will be considered for second-line treatment after the failure of anti-PD-1 therapy. METHODS We(More)
INTRODUCTION BRAF inhibition alone has achieved unprecedented efficacy results in patients affected by BRAF-mutated advanced melanoma. Since these findings, it was postulated that dual inhibition of BRAF and other components of the RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK MAPK pathway (such as MEK) would be superior to BRAF inhibition as monotherapy. A series of recent clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Non-small cell adenocarcinoma is a frequent tumour entity with a high mortality. Insight into molecular mechanisms has led to the development of promising therapeutic options, which improve the prognosis of affected patients. There are only a few reports on molecular tumour subtypes and clinical presentation of the disease. We present the case of(More)
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is a rare non-Hodgkin's lymphoma entity with a heterogeneous clinical presentation. Various therapeutic considerations in MCL for younger and elderly patients were used over the past decade. We retrospectively analyzed all 44 patients consecutively treated in a tertiary hospital between 2000 and 2010 with newly diagnosed MCL.(More)
Immunotherapy leads to significantly prolonged survival of patients with metastatic melanoma. Autoimmune side effects including colitis, dermatitis, and endocrine abnormalities are common in patients treated with ipilimumab [anti-CTLA4 (cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4)]. Antibodies such as pembrolizumab that interfere with the PD-1 (programmed(More)