Thalidomide for melanoma – pro

Thalidomide appears to possess cytostatic activity in patients with metastatic melanoma. halidomide has antiangiogenic and biologic modulatory properties and has been used successfully in the treatment of Kaposi’s sarcoma, myeloma, and renal cell cancer. Thalidomide has been used in metastatic melanoma as a single agent with mixed results. There are a number of phase II studies that show effectiveness, singly and in combination. ne randomized phase II study and six phase II studies have shown encouraging response rates when thalidomide is combined with temozolomide.It is listed in the Drug Index for melanoma. Given the number of supporting studies, I consider thalidomide as a single agent for melanoma to be supported by credible medical evidence. NCCN ME-E, 1 lists thalidomide as a single drug option for melanoma but not in any combination.

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