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Groundbreaking Consensus Statement Provides a Road Map for Treating Melanoma Patients with Cancer Immunotherapy
Date:8/27/2013

rd set of guiding principles for oncologists set forth for the effective and efficient application of cancer immunotherapy for patients with melanoma,” Howard L. Kaufman, MD, FACS, Rush University Medical Center and corresponding author on the paper said. “The group of authors who developed this statement considered the strength of the evidence for key issues in the field and provided consensus recommendations in these areas; especially where data was weak or missing.”

This consensus statement was created from work done by the SITC Cancer Immunotherapy Guidelines (CIG) Task Force established in 2010 and made up of more than 30 experts in the field of melanoma. The task force utilized the 2011 Institute of Medicine’s “Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines” to assure a fair, transparent and balanced process for the consensus statement. However, as cancer immunotherapy continues to rapidly develop, the SITC Melanoma CIG Task Force will update the consensus statement as new findings and results from on-going clinical trials or as the approval of drugs from the FDA for the treatment of melanoma are released.

To read “The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer Consensus Statement on Tumor Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Cutaneous Melanoma,” visit: http://www.nature.com/nrclinonc/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nrclinonc.2013.153.html.

For more information on the consensus statement and the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, visit: http://www.sitcancer.org/about-sitc/initiatives/cancer-immunotherapy-guidelines.

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