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Genitourinary Cancers

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 288,300 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2023 and 34,700 deaths will be attributed to the disease. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time designated to help people learn more about the disease and to support those who are affected. Read More ›

On May 31, 2023, the FDA approved a new indication for olaparib (Lynparza; AstraZeneca), a poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitor, in combination with abiraterone (Zytiga; Astellas) and prednisone (or prednisolone) for adults with deleterious or suspected deleterious BRCA mutation–positive, metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer as determined by an FDA-approved test. Read More ›

Surgery is typically the gold standard for patients with biopsy-proven, clear cell, renal cell carcinoma with no evidence of metastatic disease, said Eric Jonasch, MD, in a session during the 2023 National Comprehensive Cancer Network Conference. In this setting, there is probably not a role for systemic neoadjuvant treatment, as response rates of 15% to 45% have been recorded with axitinib (Inlyta), sunitinib (Sutent), and other tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Read More ›

On April 3, 2023, the FDA accelerated the approval of a new indication for enfortumab vedotin-ejfv (Padcev; Astellas Pharma), a Nectin-4–directed antibody and microtubule inhibitor conjugate, with pembrolizumab (Keytruda; Merck), a PD-1 inhibitor, for patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who are ineligible for cisplatin-containing chemotherapy. Read More ›

On December 16, 2022, the FDA granted approval to nadofaragene firadenovec-vncg (Adstiladrin; Ferring Pharmaceuticals), a nonreplicating adenoviral vector–based gene therapy, for adults with high-risk Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) unresponsive non–muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) and carcinoma in situ, with or without papillary tumors. The FDA granted this indication breakthrough therapy and orphan drug designations. Read More ›

Delivering the keynote address at the 2020 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, David F. Penson, MD, MPH, MMHC, Hamilton and Howd Chair in Urologic Oncology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, highlighted the need to move toward patient-centered decisions beyond survival, focusing on patient-centered outcomes by integrating quality of life (QOL) and financial toxicity into the shared, treatment-related, decision-making process.

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De-escalating chemotherapy based on a negative positron-emission tomography (PET) scan after 2 cycles of treatment is safe and feasible in most patients with low-volume metastatic seminoma, the most common type of testicular cancer, according to results presented at the 2020 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.

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