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GU Symposium Focuses on Prognostic Model in Urothelial Cancer, Novel Therapies for Prostate and Kidney Cancers

THE 2018 GENITOURINARY Cancers Symposium hosted an international audience of oncologists and other stakeholders to hear about the latest advances in the field. We have included coverage of many of the top news stories from the meeting in previous issues of The ASCO Post. Here are summaries of a few ...

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EAU 2018: Survey Shows Greater Suicide Rate in Patients With Urologic Cancers

A major UK survey has shown that patients with urologic cancer—such as prostate, bladder, or kidney cancer—are five times more likely to commit suicide than people without cancer. The analysis also shows that patients with cancer generally are around three times more likely to commit...

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EXPERT POINT OF VIEW: Timothy Gilligan, MD

“POUT IS an impressive study, given that the authors were able to complete a trial in this relatively rare cancer. We still need overall survival data to determine the role of adjuvant chemotherapy for upper tract urothelial cancer. We need to know if it makes people live longer or have a better...

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Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Upper Tract Urothelial Cancer

ADJUVANT CHEMOTHERAPY achieved robust improvements in disease-free survival and metastasis-free survival compared with surveillance in the phase III POUT study of patients with upper tract urothelial cancer.1 Further, there was an early trend toward improved overall survival with adjuvant...

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Gregory R. Pond, PhD, on Urothelial Cancer: Advance in Prognosis

Gregory R. Pond, PhD, of McMaster University, discusses a new six-factor prognostic model for patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma receiving post platinum atezolizumab (Abstract 413).

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Jonathan E. Rosenberg, MD, on Urothelial Carcinoma: Results From the CheckMate 032 Trial

Jonathan E. Rosenberg, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses longer-term efficacy and safety findings on nivolumab monotherapy in metastatic urothelial carcinoma (Abstract 414).

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Thomas Powles, MD, on Urothelial Carcinoma: Results From the IMvigor211 Trial

Thomas Powles, MD, of Barts Cancer Institute, discusses phase III study findings on atezolizumab vs chemotherapy in platinum-treated locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma, with an emphasis on immune biomarkers, tumor mutational burden, and clinical outcomes (Abstract 409).

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John J. Coen, MD, on Bladder Cancer: Results From the NRG/RTOG 0712 Trial

John J. Coen, MD, of 21st Century Oncology, discusses phase II study findings on selective bladder preservation with twice-daily radiation plus fluorouracil/cisplatin or daily radiation plus gemcitabine for patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer (Abstract 408).

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Joaquim Bellmunt, MD, PhD, on Urothelial Cancer: Results From the KEYNOTE-045 Trial

Joaquim Bellmunt, MD, PhD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses phase III 2-year follow-up findings on pembrolizumab vs investigator’s choice (paclitaxel, docetaxel, or vinflunine) in recurrent, advanced urothelial cancer (Abstract 410).

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Avelumab in Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma: Further Study Needed to Clarify its Role

AS REVIEWED in this issue of The ASCO Post, Patel and colleagues have presented data from the phase I JAVELIN study evaluating avelumab (Bavencio) in platinum-refractory patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma.1 The drug is active with durable responses when compared with historical...

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Avelumab Active in Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma After Platinum Failure

AS REPORTED in The Lancet Oncology by Manish R. Patel, MD, of Florida Cancer Specialists/Sarah Cannon Research Institute, and colleagues, the anti–programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) antibody avelumab (Bavencio) produced durable responses in patients with locally advanced or metastatic...

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Joaquim Bellmunt, MD, PhD, on Bladder Cancer: The Future of Immunotherapies

Joaquim Bellmunt, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses refining treatment choices with new combinations and sequencing strategies.

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Pembrolizumab in Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma

On May 18, 2017, pembrolizumab (Keytruda) was granted regular approval for treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy or within 12 months of neoadjuvant or adjuvant...

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Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS, Named Visionary in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

ARIF KAMAL, MD, MBA, MHS, Associate Professor of Medicine and Business Administration and Physician Director of Quality at the Duke Cancer Institute, was recently named by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine as 1 of the 30 most influential leaders in hospice and palliative...

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Expert Point of View: Yohann Loriot, MD, PhD

FORMAL DISCUSSANT of the RANGE trial at the ESMO 2017 Congress, Yohann Loriot, MD, PhD, of the Institut Gustave Roussy and University of Paris-Saclay, Villejuif, Paris, said that although the study met its primary endpoint, he was not sure the absolute improvement in progression-free survival is...

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Positive Early Data on Second-Line Ramucirumab/Docetaxel in Platinum-Refractory Advanced Urothelial Cancer

RAMUCIRUMAB (CYRAMZA) added to docetaxel improved progression-free survival and almost doubled the overall response rate compared with docetaxel alone in patients with advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer that has progressed on platinum-based chemotherapy. These results of the phase III RANGE...

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Expert Point of View: Maria De Santis, MD

THE 2017 EUROPEAN SOCIETY for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress spokesperson Maria De Santis, MD, of the University of Warwick, Coventry, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Cancer Center, in Birmingham, UK, said the survival advantage in KEYNOTE-045 updated results was noteworthy.  “These results...

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Second-Line Pembrolizumab Extends Survival in Urothelial Cancer

PEMBROLIZUMAB (KEYTRUDA) extended survival by about 3 months in patients with advanced urothelial cancer whose disease progressed on platinum-based chemotherapy vs investigator’s choice of therapy, according to the mature results of the KEYNOTE-045 trial presented at the European Society for...

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First-Line Immunotherapy for Cisplatin-Ineligible Patients With Advanced Urothelial Cancer

As reported in The Lancet Oncology by Balar et al, first-line pembrolizumab (Keytruda) produced durable responses in cisplatin-ineligible patients with locally advanced and unresectable or metastatic urothelial cancer in the phase II KEYNOTE-052 trial. The trial supported the accelerated approval...

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Avelumab in Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

In the Clinic provides overviews of novel oncology agents, addressing indications, mechanisms of action, administration recommendations, safety profiles, and other essential information needed for the appropriate clinical use of these drugs. On May 9, 2017, avelumab (Bavencio) was granted...

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bladder cancer

Durvalumab in Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma Progressing After Platinum Therapy

In the Clinic provides overviews of novel oncology agents, addressing indications, mechanisms of action, administration recommendations, safety profiles, and other essential information needed for the appropriate clinical use of these drugs. On May 1, 2017, durvalumab (Imfinzi) was granted...

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ESMO 2017: KEYNOTE-045: Updated Results Support Pembrolizumab as Second-Line Treatment in Advanced Urothelial Cancer

Mature results from the KEYNOTE-045 trial presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2017 Congress in Madrid (Abstract LBA37_PR) confirmed significantly longer survival in patients with advanced urothelial cancer who received the checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab after initial...

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Adjuvant Chemotherapy vs Observation After Neoadjuvant Therapy and Radical Cystectomy for Bladder Cancer

In an analysis reported in JAMA Oncology, Seisen et al found that adjuvant chemotherapy was associated with a survival benefit vs observation in patients with adverse prognostic features after neoadjuvant therapy and radical cystectomy for urothelial carcinoma of the bladder. Study Details The...

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Recombinant Adenovirus Interferon-α With Syn3 in BCG-Refractory or Relapsed Non–Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

A phase II study has shown activity of recombinant adenovirus interferon-α with Syn3 (rAd-IFNα/Syn3), a replication-deficient recombinant adenovirus gene transfer vector, in patients with high-grade bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG)-refractory or -relapsed non–muscle invasive bladder ...

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bladder cancer

Atezolizumab in Patients With Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma Who Are Ineligible for Cisplatin

In the Clinic provides overviews of novel oncology agents, addressing indications, mechanisms, administration recommendations, safety profiles, and other essential information needed for the appropriate clinical use of these drugs. On April 17, 2017, the programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1)...

prostate cancer
kidney cancer
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Maha Hussain, MD, FACP, FASCO, Credits Collaboration for Her Contributions to Genitourinary Cancer

Internationally recognized genitourinary oncologist Maha Hussain, MD, FACP, FASCO, was born and reared in Baghdad, Iraq. “I came from a family that stressed the value of higher education and especially medicine. I have three uncles who are physicians, and my father encouraged my three siblings and...

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Durvalumab in Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

Updated results of a phase I/II study of durvalumab (Imfinzi) in locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma were reported by Powles et al in JAMA Oncology. Data from the ongoing study supported the recent approval of durvalumab as second-line treatment in this setting on the basis of...

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Treatment of Nonmetastatic Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer: AUA/ASCO/ASTRO/SUO Guideline

As reported in the Journal of Oncology Practice by Chang et al, for the first time for any type of malignancy, the American Urological Association (AUA), ASCO, American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) have formulated an evidence-based guideline on...

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Pembrolizumab in Second-Line Therapy for Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma

THE TREATMENT OF metastatic urothelial carcinoma experienced a long period of stagnation until the recognition that targeting the programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) pathway could yield deep and durable responses.1-3 Cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy has been the reference standard for...

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Pembrolizumab Improves Overall Survival vs Chemotherapy in Second-Line Therapy for Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma

IN THE PHASE III KEYNOTE-045 trial reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, Joaquim Bellmunt, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and colleagues found that pembrolizumab (Keytruda) significantly improved overall survival vs investigator choice of chemotherapy as second-line treatment ...

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Avelumab in Refractory Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

The programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1)–inhibitor avelumab (Bavencio) has shown activity in patients with refractory metastatic urothelial cancer, according to findings in a phase Ib study reported by Andrea B. Apolo, MD, of the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch, Center for Cancer Research,...

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Strides Being Made in Advanced Urothelial Cancer

According to Srikala S. Sridhar, MD, MSc, FRCPC, of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Canada, “It’s an exciting time in the field of urothelial cancer,” thanks to the emergence of new therapies such as the immune checkpoint inhibitors and other approaches that aim to improve both...

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Elizabeth R. Plimack, MD, on Advanced Urothelial Cancer: Expert Perspective

Elizabeth R. Plimack, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center, discusses highlights of three important abstracts on advanced and metastatic urothelial cancer presented at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting. (Abstracts 4501, 4503, 106)

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European Commission Approves Nivolumab for Previously Treated, Locally Advanced, Unresectable or Metastatic Urothelial Cancer

On June 2, the European Commission (EC) approved nivolumab (Opdivo) for the treatment of locally advanced unresectable or metastatic urothelial carcinoma in adults after failure of prior platinum-containing therapy. This makes nivolumab the first immuno-oncology agent approved in the European Union ...

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David I. Quinn, MBBS, PhD, on Urothelial Cancer: Results from KEYNOTE-045

David I. Quinn, MBBS, PhD, of the University of Southern California, gives his expert perspective on the planned survival analysis from a phase III open-label study of pembrolizumab vs paclitaxel, docetaxel, or vinflunine in recurrent, advanced urothelial cancer. (Abstract 4501)

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Dean F. Bajorin, MD, and Peter H. O’Donnell, MD, on Urothelial Cancer: Results From Two KEYNOTE Trials

Dean F. Bajorin, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Peter H. O’Donnell, MD, of The University of Chicago Medical Center, discuss their study findings on treating advanced urothelial cancer with pembrolizumab, paclitaxel, docetaxel, or vinflunine. (Abstracts 4501 and 4502)

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Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma: A Model Malignancy for Immune ­Checkpoint Blockade

Platinum-based combination chemotherapy became a mainstay of first-line treatment for metastatic urothelial cancer in the 1980s. With combination platinum-based regimens, 40% to 50% of patients achieve an objective response to treatment. However, aside from approximately 5% to 10% of patients who...

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CheckMate 275 Supports FDA Approval of Nivolumab in Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma After Platinum Therapy

As reported in The Lancet Oncology by Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and colleagues, the phase II CheckMate 275 trial has shown that nivolumab (Opdivo) produced durable responses in patients with metastatic urothelial cancer who had received at least one prior...

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NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®): 2017 Guidelines

NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®): 2017 Guidelines In 1996, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) published its first set of Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology®, covering 8 tumor types. Guidelines are now published for more than 60 tumor types and...

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AUA 2017: Phase III Study of Blue Light Cystoscopy With Optical Imaging Agent in Bladder Cancer

New phase III study results of blue light flexible cystoscopy (BLFC) with an optical imaging agent (Hexvix/Cysview) were presented by Daneshmand et al during a late-breaking plenary session at the 2017 American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting (Abstract PPTLBA-02). Major Findings The...

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FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted regular approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda) for patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy or within 12 months of neoadjuvant or...

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AUA 2017: Studies Examine Bladder Cancer Risk and Mortality in E-Cigarette and Traditional Smokers

Data presented at the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) showed harmful links between the use of e-cigarettes and bladder cancer risk, and associated the smoking of traditional cigarettes to a higher risk of mortality among patients with bladder cancer. Even ...

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FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Avelumab for Urothelial Carcinoma

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to avelumab (Bavencio) for patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma whose disease progressed during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy or within 12 months of neoadjuvant or adjuvant...

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SWOG Launches First Prospective Registration Trial With Atezolizumab in BCG-Unresponsive Non–Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

The standard of care for patients with Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG)-unresponsive, high-risk non–muscle invasive bladder cancer is radical cystectomy. Novel therapies that allow patients to preserve their bladder are urgently needed. SWOG (formerly the Southwest Oncology Group), a member of...

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FDA Approves Durvalumab in Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to durvalumab (Imfinzi) for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy or who have disease...

bladder cancer

Second-Line Pazopanib vs Weekly Paclitaxel in Relapsed or Progressive Urothelial Cancer

A UK phase II trial comparing pazopanib (Votrient) with paclitaxel after failure of platinum-based therapy in patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma was stopped early due to futility. These results were reported by Jones et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Two...

bladder cancer

Nivolumab in Urothelial Carcinoma After Platinum Therapy

On February 2, 2017, nivolumab (Opdivo) was granted accelerated approval for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who have disease progression during or after platinum-containing chemotherapy or have disease progression within 12 months of neoadjuvant...

bladder cancer

FDA Grants Atezolizumab Accelerated Approval as Initial Treatment for Some Advanced Bladder Cancers

On April 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to atezolizumab (Tecentriq) for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who are not eligible for cisplatin chemotherapy. Atezolizumab was previously approved for people...

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Elizabeth R. Plimack, MD, on Bladder Cancer: Management Updates

Elizabeth R. Plimack, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center, discusses selecting first- and second-line therapies for patients with advanced bladder cancer and the emerging data and role of immune checkpoint inhibitors.

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