Cancer News: Bladder

Immunotherapy approved for advanced bladder cancer in Europe

Pembrolizumab, an immunotherapy agent, has been approved for some types of locally advanced or metastatic bladder cancer.

Immunotherapy: a therapeutic alternative for bladder cancer

Immune check point inhibitors seem to be the suitable treatment for chemotherapy-ineligible patients with metastatic bladder cancer.

Tecentriq brings hope to untreated bladder cancer patients

Treating metastatic bladder cancer patients with Tecentriq resulted in tumor shrinkage with less toxic effects, researchers say.

FDA Approves Atezolizumab for advanced urothelial cancer

US regulators approved the PD-L1 inhibitor atezolizumab for the treatment of advanced urothelial cancer, the most common form of bladder cancer.

Bladder cancer patients at risk due to blood clots

Bladder cancer patients who underwent surgery were found to be at risk due to blood clots formed in their vein after hospital discharge.

Docetaxel plus ramucirumab show promise in urothelial cancer

Advanced urothelial cancer patients treated with ramucirumab plus docetaxel as second-line treatment reduced disease progression risk, a new study shows.

Durvalumab gets FDA breakthrough status for bladder cancer

AstraZeneca‘s new drug durvalumab brings hope to bladder cancer patients receiving breakthrough therapy designation by the US FDA.

Bladder Cancer: improved survival with adjuvant chemotherapy

Patients with locally advanced bladder cancer lived longer when treated with adjuvant chemotherapy following cystectomy, a new large study shows.

Mental health linked to risk of complications in bladder cancer

Focusing on patient-reported health status, scientists reported that the mental health of a bladder cancer patient prior to surgery affects postoperative outcomes.

Positive results from immunotherapy in metastatic bladder cancer

Investigational immunotherapy increased overall survival in patients with metastatic bladder cancer, according to a new study.

Positive patient outcomes with immunotherapy in bladder cancer

An investigational immunotherapy appears effective in treating patients with metastatic urothelial cancer, two recent trials report.

New immunotherapy shows positive results in bladder and lung cancer

Roche’s new immune-system boosting drug, atezolizumab, improved patient outcomes for lung and bladder cancer patients, according to separate phase 2 trials.

Robotic surgery: a beneficial option for bladder cancer patients

Bladder cancer patients treated with robot-assisted surgery showed similar beneficial results to those who underwent a traditional open operation, a new study suggests.

Chemotherapy after surgery may help bladder cancer patients

Taking chemotherapy after surgery was found to improve overall survival in bladder cancer patients.

For bladder cancer patients, laparoscopic surgery has good outcomes

Outcomes after laparoscopic surgery for bladder cancer patients are comparable to open surgery: after 5 years, 66% of patients had no signs of recurrence.

Advanced bladder cancer immunotherapy works in trial

Scientists have developed a breakthrough new treatment for advanced bladder cancer, a type which has not seen major treatment advances in the last 30 years.

Bladder cancer: invisible blood in urine may be early warning sign

New research found that invisible blood in urine may be an early warning sign of bladder cancer. This may shape guidelines for how doctors diagnose the disease.

Improving nutritional status before bladder cancer surgery improves outcomes

Patients with bladder cancer are two times more likely to have complications after a radical cystectomy procedure if they have a biomarker for poor nutritional status before the operation, according to study findings presented at the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. Surgeons from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, identified a potentially modifiable risk factor for such postsurgical problems: a low preoperative level of albumin, a marker of the protein level in the blood.

Gene mutation linked to low-risk bladder cancer

An international research team led by scientists from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center has discovered a genetic mutation linked to low-risk bladder cancer. Their findings are reported online in Nature Genetics.

Cigarette smoking after cancer diagnosis increases risk of death

Men who continued to smoke after a cancer diagnosis had an increased risk of death compared with those who quit smoking after diagnosis, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Radiation therapy against endometrial cancer linked to increased risk of bladder cancer later in life

Radiation therapy for uterine (endometrial) cancer may increase a patient's risk of developing bladder cancer.

Lung and bladder cancer biomarkers may share genetic disorders

Lung and bladder cancer biomarker analysis have similar genetic abnormalities. This latest research may have diagnostic, prognostic and treatment implications.

Bladder & breast cancer subtypes found genetically similar

A new discovery showed that invasive bladder cancer and some breast cancers have genetic similarities. This could lead to new therapies and diagnostic aids.

New test for prostate and bladder cancer licensed

A new licensing agreement will bring to the market a new test for early detection of prostate and bladder cancers. The test is based on the EN2 biomarker.

Promising news for bladder cancer patients with rare genetic mutations

A patient with advanced bladder cancer and rare genetic mutations experienced complete response for 14 months to the drug combination everolimus and pazopanib.

Is chemotherapy common in high-risk bladder cancer treatment?

Although treatment guidelines for high-risk bladder cancer include chemotherapy before or after surgery, it is not commonly used in routine clinical practice.

Advanced bladder cancer patients benefit from immune therapy in trial

A phase 1 study for an advanced bladder cancer drug showed promising results in patients with certain tumor types who did not respond to other treatments.

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