Felix Y. Feng, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Choosing Patients Who May Benefit From Apalutamide
2021 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium
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).
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).
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).
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.
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).