Clinical and Translational Oncology

, Volume 18, Issue 8, pp 848–858 | Cite as

Doublet BRAF/MEK inhibition versus single-agent BRAF inhibition in the management of BRAF-mutant advanced melanoma, biological rationale and meta-analysis of published data

  • O. Abdel-RahmanEmail author
  • H. ElHalawani
  • H. Ahmed
Brief Research Article


Back ground

We executed a comparative systematic review and meta-analysis of the efficacy and toxicity of doublet BRAF/MEK inhibition versus single-agent BRAF inhibitor in the management of BRAF-mutant advanced melanoma.


Eligible studies included prospective studies evaluating doublet regimens versus BRAF-inhibitor monotherapy for the management of BRAF-mutant advanced melanoma.


Our search strategy yielded 200 potentially relevant citations from searched databases. After preclusion of ineligible studies, four studies were included in the final analysis. Efficacy analyses demonstrate that BRAF/MEK inhibition strategy is associated with a significant improvement in ORR [OR 1.35; 95 % CI (1.16, 1.58); P = 0.0002], PFS [HR 0.56; 95 % CI (0.49, 0.64); P < 0.00001] and OS [HR 0.70; 95 % CI (0.58, 0.84); P = 0.0001]. Moreover, this combination is associated with a higher RR for diarrhea [1.30; 95 % CI (1.30, 1.49); P = 0.0002], decreased ejection fraction [4.63; 95 % CI (2.56, 8.37); P = <0.00001], acneiform dermatitis [1.61; 95 % CI (1.03, 2.53); P = 0.04] and pyrexia [1.98; 95 % CI (1.72, 2.27); P < 0.00001].


Our meta-analysis has demonstrated that combination of MEK/BRAF inhibitors is associated with higher ORR, PFS and OS. However, this comes at the expense of a higher risk of selected toxicities.


Melanoma Trametinib Dabrafenib Vemurafenib 


Compliance with ethical standards

This study has not funded by any organizational body.

Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.


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© Federación de Sociedades Españolas de Oncología (FESEO) 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical Oncology Department, Faculty of MedicineAin Shams UniversityCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Clinical Oncology DepartmentNasser InstituteCairoEgypt

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