Christopher Sweeney, MBBS, and Thomas Powles, MD, PhD, on Treating GU Malignancies: Expert Views
2021 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium
A spirited discussion ensued when we asked Christopher Sweeney, MBBS, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Thomas Powles, MD, PhD, of Cancer Research UK Barts Centre, to compare notes on how they treat bladder, prostate, and kidney cancers.
Sumanta K. Pal, MD, of City of Hope, discusses findings of the TIVO-3 study, which showed that the tyrosine kinase inhibitor tivozanib improved progression-free survival vs sorafenib in patients whose advanced renal cell carcinoma progressed after multiple lines of therapy (Abstract 278).
Felix Y. Feng, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, discusses study findings showing that molecular determinants may help clinicians select patients with nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who may derive the most benefit from apalutamide and other androgen-signaling inhibitors (Abstract 8).
Christopher Sweeney, MBBS, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses phase III findings from the IPATential150 trial, which showed the effectiveness of ipatasertib plus abiraterone as first-line treatment in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer vs placebo plus abiraterone. Analyses of biomarkers linked to the PI3K/AKT pathway, a subtype with a poor prognosis, further support this therapeutic option (Abstract 13).
Tracy L. Rose, MD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discusses phase II results of gemcitabine and split-dose cisplatin plus pembrolizumab as neoadjuvant therapy prior to radical cystectomy for patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer. The trial showed this combination treatment is generally safe and may improve pathologic downstaging, but further study is warranted (Abstract 396).
Daniel M. Geynisman, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center, discusses phase II results from the RETAIN BLADDER study, which sequenced bladder tumor samples while treating patients with neoadjuvant methotrexate, vinblastine, doxorubicin, and cisplatin chemotherapy. The goal was to increase metastasis-free survival and also preserve the bladder and quality of life (Abstract 397).