Ashish M. Kamat, MD, MBBS - Transforming Bladder Cancer Treatment: Essential Guidance for Urologists on Therapeutic Selection, Safety, and Sequencing Along the Disease Continuum


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Go online to to view the activity, download slides and practice aids, and complete the post-test to earn credit. The therapeutic landscape of bladder cancer has undergone a significant transformation with the addition of immune checkpoint inhibitors to the treatment armamentarium. With a key role in the treatment and maintenance of recurrent disease, as well as in first-line maintenance of newly diagnosed disease, the research on actionable targets in bladder cancer has led to regulatory approval of the FGFR-targeted therapy erdafitinib for FGFR mutation-positive bladder tumors, and antibody–drug conjugates (ADCs). Additional advances have occurred in the localized disease setting such as novel bladder-sparing and perioperative approaches, as well as the first regulatory approval of adjuvant immunotherapy in high-risk muscle-invasive bladder cancer. In light of these developments, the challenge for urology professionals is how to best blend the diverse clinical evidence for these agents with the realities of real-world cancer care. Further, important combination approaches expand the therapeutic capacity available to patients with bladder cancer. This CME-certified activity will highlight strategies for optimal care for managing patients with bladder cancer in light of current evidence and guidance on safely integrating these agents into treatment plans. Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to: Identify patients with early-stage bladder cancer who could potentially benefit from the use of novel therapeutic strategies in the adjuvant and neoadjuvant settings (ie, NMIBC and MIBC) based on recent approvals, clinical evidence, and ongoing trials; Integrate therapeutic strategies into management protocols for eligible patients with metastatic bladder cancer based on regulatory status and treatment roles of emerging therapeutic classes (ie, immune checkpoint inhibitors, targeted therapies, and antibody–drug conjugates), including in the context of clinical trials; Develop appropriate strategies to mitigate and manage the unique adverse events associated with the variety of novel and emerging therapeutic classes for the management of bladder cancer.

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