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|Pivotal Study Results Published in Journal of Clinical Oncology Showed Talimogene Laherparepvec Improved Durable Response Rates in Patients With Metastatic Melanoma|
"Oncolytic virus immunotherapy may become a new approach to melanoma treatment, and the
A DRR measures the number of patients who had a complete response or partial response within the first 12 months of treatment and maintained the response continuously for at least 6 months.
The most frequent adverse events (AEs) observed in this study were chills, pyrexia, injection-site pain, nausea, flu-like symptoms and fatigue. The most common serious AEs included disease progression, cellulitis and pyrexia. No treatment-related deaths were observed.
"While there have been some important new treatment options in recent years, the incidence of melanoma has risen dramatically, and we need additional approaches for treating advanced disease," said
Patients were randomized 2:1 to receive either talimogene laherparepvec intralesionally every two weeks or GM-CSF subcutaneously for the first 14 days of each 28 day cycle. Treatment could last for up to 18 months. Where appropriate, stable or responding patients could receive additional treatment on an extension protocol.
About Talimogene Laherparepvec
Melanoma is considered to be advanced when it has spread, or metastasized, from the origin site to deeper parts of the skin or other organs such as the lymph nodes, lungs or other parts of the body distant from the primary tumor site.4
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