Elizabeth R. Plimack, MD, on Bladder Cancer Highlights From the 2021 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium
2021 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium
Elizabeth R. Plimack, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center, discusses key abstracts discussed at this year’s meeting on bladder cancer and offers her views on the latest trends and findings (Abstracts 391, 393, 434).
Elizabeth R. Plimack, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center, discusses phase III results from the KEYNOTE-426 study—specifically, an exploratory subgroup analysis of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma who were randomly assigned to receive pembrolizumab plus axitinib and completed 2 years of treatment (Abstract 327).
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).
Neeraj Agarwal, MD, of Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, discusses final results of the phase III TITAN study, which showed apalutamide plus androgen-deprivation therapy improved overall survival, reducing the risk of death up to 48%. This combination treatment also delayed castration resistance and maintained health-related quality of life for patients with metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer (Abstract 11).
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).
Monika Joshi, MD, of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, discusses phase II results from the DUART study, which explored the efficacy of concurrent durvalumab, a checkpoint inhibitor, and radiation therapy followed by adjuvant durvalumab in patients with localized urothelial cancer of the bladder (Abstract 398).