Immunobiology and Immune Based Therapies of Melanoma

  • David L. Chen
  • Cheryl ArmstrongEmail author
  • Mariah R. Brown


Despite efforts in preventative care, the incidence and mortality rate of melanoma have continued to rise. However, in the past decade, an increasing understanding of melanoma immunology has resulted in tremendous bench to bedside advancements in melanoma therapies. Many of these new treatment modalities have proven efficacious, leading to seven new melanoma therapies receiving FDA approval within the past 5 years. This chapter explores our current understanding of melanoma immunology, with an emphasis on tumor microenvironment and the ability of melanoma to evade immune surveillance. The remainder of the chapter focuses on how this understanding of melanoma immunology has been translated into clinical therapies. These agents include cytokines such as interleukin-2 and interferons, checkpoint inhibitors such as anti-CTLA4 and anti-PD1 antibodies, and vaccines. For each melanoma therapy, mechanism of action, efficacy, side effects, dosing strategy and future directions will be discussed.


Cancer Melanoma Skin disease Immune based therapies T-lymphocytes Dendritic Cells Adhesion Molecules Chemotherapy Gangliosides Biochemotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Chen
    • 1
  • Cheryl Armstrong
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mariah R. Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical CampusAuroraUSA
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineAuroraUSA

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