Dana-Farber researchers find that marker may predict response to ipilimumab in advanced melanoma
Dana-Farber researchers found that in patients with advanced melanoma using the immunotherapy ipilimumab, presence of higher levels of the protein vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the blood was associated with a poorer response, suggesting that combining immunotherapy with VEGF inhibitors may be a potential option for these patients.
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