Fast Five Quiz: Management of Metastatic Bladder Cancer

Kyle A. Richards, MD


January 30, 2023

The approval of several checkpoint inhibitors has changed the way metastatic bladder cancer is managed. However, the only immunotherapy associated with an increase in overall survival is pembrolizumab. In 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration approved pembrolizumab for the use of solid tumors that progressed during or after prior initial therapy. The utility of programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) as a biomarker is still being explored. The phase 2 KEYNOTE-052 trial suggests that pembrolizumab be used as first-line therapy in patients who are PD-L1 positive and not eligible for platinum-based regimens.

Carboplatin-based chemotherapy (carboplatin with gemcitabine) is recommended as first-line treatment in patients who are unfit for cisplatin.

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