The aim of this population-based study was to identify the factors associated with clinical outcomes in vemurafenib-Treated patients and to evaluate outcomes across subgroups of patients with different risk profiles. Data were retrieved from the Dutch Melanoma Treatment Registry. Time to next treatment (TTNT) and overall survival (OS) of all metastatic melanoma patients who received vemurafenib between 2012 and 2015 were assessed using Kaplan-Meier estimates. A risk score was developed on the basis of all prognostic factors associated with TTNT and OS derived from multivariable Cox regression analyses. Patients were stratified according to the presence of prognostic risk factors by counting the number of factors, ranging from 0 to 6. A total of 626 patients received vemurafenib with a median follow-up of 35.8 months. The median TTNT and OS were 4.7 months [95% confidence intervals (CI): 4.4-5.1] and 7.3 months (95% CI: 6.6-8.0). The strongest prognostic factors were serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance score, number of organ sites involved and brain metastases. Patients with a favourable risk profile (no risk factors) had a median TTNT and OS of 7.1 (95% CI: 5.8-8.5) and 15.4 months (95% CI: 10.0-20.9). The median OS more than halved for patients with greater than or equal to 2 risk factors compared with patients with no risk factors. The clinical outcomes of vemurafenib in metastatic melanoma patients with a favourable risk profile are comparable with the results of the trials. Combining prognostic factors into a risk score could be valuable to stratify patients into favourable and poor-prognosis groups.

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Keywords clinical practice, metastatic melanoma, prognostic factors, risk score, vemurafenib
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Journal Melanoma Research: a journal for basic, translational and clinical research in melanoma
Schouwenburg, M.G, Jochems, A. (Anouk), Leeneman, B, Franken, M.G, van den Eertwegh, A.J.M, Haanen, J.B, … van der Hoeven, J. (2018). Vemurafenib in BRAF-mutant metastatic melanoma patients in real-world clinical practice: Prognostic factors associated with clinical outcomes. Melanoma Research: a journal for basic, translational and clinical research in melanoma, 28(4), 326–332. doi:10.1097/CMR.0000000000000453