Targeted drug combo shows promise against melanoma

June 4, 2011 23:57

CHICAGO - The combination of two experimental pills developed by GlaxoSmithKline Plc has shown promise as a treatment for melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, according to new research.

The early stage trial involved patients with advanced melanoma with a specific genetic mutation who were treated with drugs designed to block MEK (GSK212) and BRAF (GSK436), two components of the same pathway used by the cancer to drive tumor growth.

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