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Current Status of Diagnostic and Prognostic Markers in Melanoma

  • Danielle Levine
  • David E. Fisher
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1102)

Abstract

Melanoma is the most life-threatening common form of skin cancer. While most cutaneous melanomas are cured by surgical resection, a minority will relapse locally, regionally, or distantly. Biomarkers have represented a focal point for research aimed at improving diagnostic accuracy as well as providing prognostic information that may help to guide therapeutic decisions. While systemic melanoma therapies were of extremely limited utility for patients with advanced disease in the past, two drugs have been approved the FDA within the past several years, and it is possible that they may provide even greater impact if employed earlier in the disease process. To optimally employ these therapies, prognostic biomarkers may offer significant value. This article reviews methodologies for both discovery and routine testing of melanoma biomarkers. It also focuses on specific commonly used markers, as well as approaches to studying their applications to specific clinical settings. As the armamentarium of melanoma drugs grows, it is hoped that specific biomarkers will aid in guiding the use of these agents for patients in the clinic.

Key words

Melanoma Biomarker Prognosis Epigenetic Proteomic 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danielle Levine
    • 1
  • David E. Fisher
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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