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Emerging immune therapy of metastatic melanoma in the older patient: does age really matter?

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Melanoma incidence is rapidly increasing in the geriatric population making it a major public health issue [1,2]. Healthcare cost analysis of cancer treatment suggests a significant economic burden related to metastatic melanoma treatment of the elderly patient [3]. Larger studies have shown that age is an independent negative prognostic factor of survival in older subjects diagnosed with cutaneous melanoma [4]. Melanoma is an immunogenic tumor and anti-melanoma immunity plays an important role in shaping its course as well as the rising incidence noted in the geriatric population [5].

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