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The Current and Future Role of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors and Other Novel Therapies in Urothelial Bladder Cancer (Faculty Presentations)
Released August 2020

Featuring slide presentations and related discussion with Drs Arjun Balar, Siamak Daneshmand, Ashish M Kamat and Jonathan E Rosenberg. (Video Program)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

    This activity is intended for hematologists, medical oncologists, urologists and other healthcare providers involved in the treatment of urothelial bladder carcinoma.


    • Identify available clinical trial data supporting the FDA approvals of various immune checkpoint inhibitors for the treatment of urothelial bladder carcinoma (UBC) to determine the current utility of these agents in clinical practice.
    • Consider the recent FDA approval of pembrolizumab for high-risk, non-muscle-invasive UBC that is unresponsive to BCG, and determine how this agent can be appropriately integrated into current care.
    • Evaluate available and emerging data investigating the use of anti-PD-1/PD-L1 antibodies as neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapy for muscle-invasive bladder cancer, and refer eligible patients for appropriate trial participation.
    • Understand the clinical implications of the recent revision to the FDA approvals of atezolizumab and pembrolizumab in first-line therapy endorsing their use for patients with locally advanced or metastatic UBC who are ineligible for cisplatin and whose tumors express PD-L1 and for those who are ineligible for any platinum-based chemotherapy regardless of PD-L1 expression.
    • Evaluate available clinical trial data with anti-PD-1/PD-L1 antibodies as maintenance therapy after first-line chemotherapy for patients with previously untreated metastatic UBC, and consider the potential role of this approach in routine practice.
    • Appraise available research data and ongoing clinical trials evaluating anti-PD-1/PD-L1 antibodies in combination with chemotherapy or targeted agents for UBC, and counsel appropriately selected patients about participation in active research protocols.
    • Recognize the FDA approval of erdafitinib for patients with advanced UBC and susceptible FGFR3 or FGFR2 genetic alterations whose disease has progressed during or after at least 1 line of platinum-containing chemotherapy, and determine how this agent may be appropriately integrated into clinical practice.
    • Recall the mechanism of action and pivotal clinical trial findings with enfortumab vedotin for previously treated locally advanced or metastatic UBC, and identify patients for whom treatment with this novel compound would be appropriate.
    • Educate patients about the side effects and toxicities associated with approved therapies commonly employed in the management of UBC, and provide preventive strategies to reduce or ameliorate these toxicities.

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    FACULTY — The following faculty (and their spouses/partners) reported relevant conflicts of interest, which have been resolved through a conflict of interest resolution process:

    Arjun Balar, MD
    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
    Director, Genitourinary Medical Oncology Program
    NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center
    New York, New York

    Consulting Agreements: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Janssen Biotech Inc, Merck, Nektar, Pfizer Inc, Seattle Genetics; Contracted Research: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Immunomedics Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, Merck, Nektar, Pfizer Inc, Seattle Genetics.

    Siamak Daneshmand, MD
    Associate Professor of Urology (Clinical Scholar)
    Director of Urologic Oncology
    Director of Clinical Research
    Urologic Oncology Fellowship Director
    USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Institute of Urology
    Los Angeles, California

    Advisory Committee: Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Biotech Inc, Photocure Inc; Consulting Agreements: AbbVie Inc, Aduro Biotech, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Biotech Inc, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, Nucleix, Olympus, Pacific Edge Ltd, Photocure Inc, QED Therapeutics, Seattle Genetics; Contracted Research: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Janssen Biotech Inc, MDxHealth, Photocure Inc, QED Therapeutics, Taris Biomedical LLC; Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc; Ownership Interest: Taris Biomedical LLC.

    Ashish M Kamat, MD, MBBS
    Professor of Urologic Oncology (Surgery)
    Wayne B Duddlesten Professor of Cancer Research
    Department of Urology, Division of Surgery
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas

    Advisory Committee and Consulting Agreements: Abbott Laboratories, Arquer Diagnostics, Asieris Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Cepheid, CG Oncology Inc, Eisai Inc, enGene Inc, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Imagine Pharma, Janssen Biotech Inc, MDxHealth, Medexus Pharma Inc, Merck, Pfizer Inc, Photocure Inc, Protara Therapeutics Inc, Rainier Therapeutics, Roivant Sciences Ltd, Seattle Genetics, Sesen Bio, Theralase Technologies Inc, TMC Innovation, US Biotest Inc; Contracted Research: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc, FKD Therapies Oy, Heat Biologics Inc, Merck, National Institutes of Health, Photocure Inc, SPORE (NIH Grant), SWOG Cancer Research Network, The Leo & Anne Albert Institute for Bladder Cancer Care and Research; Patent: CyPRIT-Cytokine Panel for Response to Intravesical Immunotherapy joint with UT/MDACC.

    Jonathan E Rosenberg, MD
    Chief, Genitourinary Medical Oncology Service
    Division of Solid Tumor Oncology
    Enno W Ercklentz Chair
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    New York, New York

    Consulting Agreements: Astellas, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen Biotech Inc, Merck, Mirati Therapeutics, Seattle Genetics; Contracted Research: Astellas, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, QED Therapeutics, Seattle Genetics; Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: Rainier Therapeutics.

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    This activity is supported by educational grants from Astellas and Seattle Genetics and Merck.

    Release date: August 2020
    Expiration date: August 2021

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