Bristol-Myers immunotherapy could replace chemo for melanoma

November 16, 2014 8:47 AM

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Bristol-Myers immunotherapy could replace chemo for melanoma

While chemotherapy can be effective, its side effects are difficult for already ill patients to cope with. — AFP picNEW YORK,Nov 16 — Chemotherapy as a treatment for advanced melanoma could soon become obsolete, researchers said on Sunday, after patients taking an experimental immuno-oncology drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co had a much higher survival rate and had other favourable results.

The impressive results, compared with chemo, were seen in a late-stage study of the Bristol-Myers drug Opdivo, which helps take the brakes off the immune system by blocking the protein PD-1.

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