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New era looming MCC treatment

from Dermatology Times

Based on results from phase 2 clinical trials investigating immune checkpoint inhibitor, treatment for Merkel cell carcinoma may be on the brink of a paradigm change, said Dr. Isaac Brownell at the 16th World Congress on Cancers of the Skin in Vienna, Austria. Avelumab, an investigational anti-programmed death ligand-1 (anti-PD-L1) monoclonal antibody, was found to well-tolerated and effective in patients with chemotherapy-resistant metastatic MCC, providing rapid and durable responses. Similarly, the PD-1 inhibitor pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) demonstrated therapeutic benefit as a first-line treatment for metastatic MCC. more

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