First and Only Personalized Treatment for Deadliest Form of Skin Cancer Approved by Health Canada
~ Health Canada approves Zelboraf, a targeted medicine designed to inhibit cancer growth in patients known to have a common type of metastatic melanoma ~
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Roche announced today that Zelboraf (vemurafenib) was approved in Canada as monotherapy for the treatment of BRAF V600 mutation-positive unresectable or metastatic melanoma. A validated test is required to identify BRAF V600 mutation status.1
Melanoma is the deadliest and most aggressive form of skin cancer, killing 80 to 85 per cent of stage IV patients within five years.2 Approximately half of all patients with melanoma carry a genetic mutation in the BRAF gene.3 Zelboraf is the first and only medicine shown to improve survival in people with BRAF V600 mutation-positive metastatic melanoma. It works by targeting and inhibiting the mutated BRAF protein found in about half of all cases of melanoma.
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