CTLA-4–Blocking Immunotherapy With Ipilimumab for Advanced Melanoma
December 15, 2010
Each year, nearly 60,000 new cases of melanoma are reported in the United States. The vast majority of these are cured by surgery. However, 8,000 of these patients are found to have metastatic melanoma beyond the scope of surgical cure-and this number closely approximates the annual number of deaths from this disease. This statistic illustrates the lack of progress that had been made in the treatment of advanced melanoma over the last several decades.