This article discusses the current status and potential future developments in immunotherapy for genitourinary malignancies with insights from urologic oncology specialists Hyung L. Kim, MD, and Daniel P. Petrylak, MD.
This article highlights the key points of two urologic cancer guidelines (which provide evidence-based guidance) and two consensus statements (which provide consensus recommendations by a multidisciplinary panel of experts) that have been published in the past year.
Persistent clinical benefit was seen among a small group of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma who had to discontinue therapy with the PD-1 inhibitor nivolumab (Opdivo) because of immune-related adverse events, according to a study presented at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando, FL.
Administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) undergoing treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors may have a negative effect on the efficacy of the immunotherapy drugs, according to the results of a recent retrospective analysis.
Other pipeline developments discussed in this article include the initiation of an intravesical bladder cancer study, a gel treatment for ED that has met its primary endpoint, a patent awarded for the first rechargeable implantable SNM along with some other advancements.
Once-daily treatment with cabozantinib (CABOMETYX), an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor, significantly improves overall survival as well as progression-free survival and objective responses rates compared with everolimus (Afinitor) in previously treated patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma, according to final results from the phase III METEOR trial.