Purpose of review
Better understanding of the biology of BRAF-mutated melanoma
has led to the development of highly effective therapy, BRAF and MEK inhibitors, targeting abnormally activated protein kinases for patient with BRAF-mutated melanoma
. The purpose of this article was to review the recent published data on BRAF and MEK inhibitors in melanoma
in the metastatic, adjuvant and neoadjuvant setting to facilitate the management of melanoma
patients in clinical practice.
The spectacular outcomes of targeted therapy
in advanced melanoma
patients have led to their development in the adjuvant setting with substantial improvements in recurrence-free and overall survival. The neoadjuvant strategy is already used in many cancers to decrease tumor load, improve resectability and prevent relapse. Targeted therapy
in the neoadjuvant setting is a therapeutic approach being explored in subsequent studies.
We hope that this review will help clinicians to manage melanoma
patients in routine practice.