New Treatments for Melanoma

Marie-France Demierre; Sandy Allten; Rebecca Brown

Disclosures

Dermatology Nursing. 2005;17(4):287-295. 

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Conclusion

Keeping ourselves and our patients informed of ongoing phase III trials (see Table 5 ) is in accordance with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network 2004 Melanoma guidelines of care. The results of ongoing phase III vaccine trials will be relevant to the future care of patients with melanoma. While a "magic bullet" (meaning an effective vaccine with a low toxicity that can be given to those at high risk for melanoma, or administered to those with high risk of recurrence of melanoma after surgical resection) has not yet been discovered, prospects of vaccine therapy for melanoma are bright. Continued involvement by physicians and nurses with enrollment of melanoma patients in phase III trials will be invaluable to this ultimate goal.

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