Relapses in the brain remain a major obstacle to cure in many patients with advanced melanoma. At present, the management of melanoma brain metastases continues to rely heavily on surgical and radiotherapeutic interventions, which have become safer and more effective with modern imaging, surgery and radiation technologies. Additionally, novel targeted and immunotherapeutic agents, shown to generate meaningful intracranial response and survival benefit in patients with melanoma brain metastases when compared with historical controls, expand systemic treatment options for this subset of patients. These systemic therapies become particularly important when intracranial disease burden precludes neuro- or radio-surgery. Considerable multidisciplinary research effort is ongoing to improve outcomes for melanoma patients with brain metastases, a key challenge in the management of advanced melanoma.
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