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UCLA scientists uncover mechanism for melanoma drug resistance
Date:3/6/2012

t of patients. However, 30 to 40 percent of patients are relapsing by as yet uncovered mechanisms.

Going forward, Lo and his team will seek to find out what is happening molecularly in every patient that relapses after therapy, so novel combination drug strategies can be developed to help them. "If we know what happens in every relapse, we can have a plan in place that will help us avoid or overcome resistance," he said. About 70,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year in the United States. Of those, 8,000 people will die of the disease.


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