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Complete title: A Randomized Phase II Trial of Vemurafenib (PLX4032/RG7204) with or without Bevacizumab in Patients with Stage IV BrafV600 Mutant Melanoma
|Research Study Number||7719|
|Principal Investigator||Kim Margolin, MD|
Research Study Description
Bevacizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody (a type of protein that is normally made by the immune system to help defend the body from infection and cancer) directed against vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). VEGF is a potent growth factor with a well-defined role in normal and abnormal blood vessel formation. In the cancer setting, VEGF promotes the growth of blood vessels that bring nutrients to tumor cells. Its expression by the tumor has been associated with worse outcome in patients with a number of tumor types including melanoma. In laboratory experiments, bevacizumab inhibits the growth of several different types of human cancer cells by blocking the effects of VEGF. Bevacizumab has been approved by the FDA for use in combination with first line chemotherapies for treatment of patients with colorectal, breast and lung cancer; however, bevacizumab has not been approved for use in patients with metastatic melanoma.
The purpose of this research study is to determine the effectiveness of using vemurafenib and bevacizumab together relative to vemurafenib alone. This study will investigate whether using both study drugs lengthens the amount of time before a patient's melanoma worsens, increases the number of people whose melanoma responds to treatment and what side effects are associated with the use of both drugs together rather than separately.
Eligibility Criteria (must meet the following to participate in this study)
Other eligibility criteria may apply.
Melanoma; Solid Tumors
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