Clinical and Translational Oncology

, Volume 21, Issue 12, pp 1754–1762 | Cite as

A retrospective chart review study describing metastatic melanoma patients profile and treatment patterns in Spain

  • I. Márquez-RodasEmail author
  • A. Arance
  • A. Berrocal
  • C. L. Larios
  • J. Curto-García
  • I. X. Campos-Tapias
  • A. B. Blanca
  • S. Martin-Algarra
Research Article



To describe patient characteristics by disease stage, resectability status and current treatment management after first diagnosis of IIIB to IV1c advanced (AM)/metastatic melanoma (MM).


Multicentre, retrospective study based on data from medical charts of patients > 18 years at MM first diagnosis, visited by oncologists at 4 reference centres in Spain: Hospital Universitario Gregorio Marañón (Madrid), Hospital General de Valencia (Valencia), Clínica Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona), and Hospital Clínic (Barcelona).


Metastatic non-visceral melanoma (IIIB, IIIC, IV M1a) was reported in 139 (48.6%) patients and 40.9% (n = 117) were diagnosed with IV-M1c disease. 160 (55.9%) metastases were resectable. Available therapies under clinical practice were used in 210 patients; 74 were treated under clinical trials (CT). Intention-to-cure surgery (47.6%) was the most common treatment at time of MM diagnosis. Systemic (45.1% overall) therapy included chemo-, targeted- and immunotherapy (19.6%, 14.3%, 8.4%, respectively). At time of data collection, 26 patients were still alive and 120 had progressed to IV-M1c. Median overall survival (OS) was significantly larger in IIIB patients, 28.9 m (25.2–32.7); the shortest for IV-M1c patients, 11.0 m (8.7–13.3).


Novel treatments are undoubtedly a major step forward in AM/MM, however these are often only available in the CT setting because early stages of development or country-specific regulations. Further prospective studies and multifactorial analysis should be performed to clearly identify possible clinical associations for outcome in Spanish patients with AM/MM.


Advanced melanoma Metastatic melanoma Spanish melanoma Chart review 



This study was funded by Amgen SA. Medical writing support was provided Cindy L. Larios M.D. from MFAR Clinical Research S.L. (Spain).


Medical writing support for this manuscript was funded by Amgen SA.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

Iván Márquez Rodas has participated in consulting and advisory boards of BMS, MSD, Novartis, Roche, Pierre-Fabre, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Merck-Serono, Incyte, Bioncotech, and Sanofi. Ana Arance has participated in consulting, advisory boards and Speaker’s bureau of BMS, Roche, MSD and Novartis. Alfonso Berrocal has received honoraria for consulting and advisory boards of MSD, BMS, Roche and Novartis. Cindy L. Larios and Jordi Curto are employed by MFAR Clinical Research, a CRO for Amgen for this study, analysis and manuscript. Ignasi X. Campos Tapias and Ana Belén Blanca are full-time employees at Amgen S.A. and own Amgen stocks. Salvador Martín Algarra reports receiving advisory board fees from Amgen, BMS, Incyte, Merck-Serono, MSD, Pierre-Fabre, Tesaro and Roche; speaker activities fees from BMS, MSD and Pierre-Fabre; consulting fees from Novartis and travel support from Roche.

Ethical approval

The study was approved by an independent Ethical Committee and conducted in accordance with the good clinical practice (GCP), the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki and current local applicable regulations.

Informed consent

All patients participating in the study signed informed consent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Oncology, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio MarañónMadridSpain
  2. 2.CIBERONCMadridSpain
  3. 3.Medical OncologyHospital Clínic BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Medical OncologyHospital General Universitario de ValenciaValenciaSpain
  5. 5.Clinical Research DepartmentMFAR S.LBarcelonaSpain
  6. 6.AMGEN S.ABarcelonaSpain
  7. 7.Medical OncologyClínica Universidad de NavarraPamplonaSpain

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