In the British Journal of Cancer this week, a group of European researchers presents findings from phase I and open-label phase II studies of sorafenib and dacarbazine as a treatment for advanced melanoma. In the phase I study, the team analyzed maximum doses for acceptable toxicity. Then in the phase II study, 83 participants received the combination therapy, and the overall response rate was 12 percent, and stable disease was seen in 37 percent, the authors write.

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