“It hasn’t become the gold standard yet. There are still a lot of inter-reader reliability issues. The same MRI scans, read by different radiologists, may be read differently," says one urologist.
ImmunityBio announced that the FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation for its interleukin-15 agonist complex, N-803, in combination with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), for the treatment of patients with BCG-unresponsive nonmuscle-invasive bladder carcinoma in situ.
Nanospectra Biosciences, Inc. recently announced the start of a pivotal study to determine the efficacy of using magnetic resonance imaging/ultrasound fusion imaging technology to direct focal ablation of prostate tissue using nanoparticle-directed laser ablation.
Recent research shows contemporary imaging and biopsy techniques often fail to identify contralateral tumors in men presumed to have unilateral prostate cancer—and the results have significant implications for identifying candidates for hemiablation.
The FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation for enfortumab vedotin-ejfv (PADCEV) in combination with the anti-PD-1 therapy pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA) for the treatment of patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who are unable to receive cisplatin-based chemotherapy in the first-line setting.
In this video, Scott Eggener, MD, outlines which patients are the best candidates for focal therapy for prostate cancer, and discusses the differences in follow-up for patients treated with focal therapy compared with those undergoing active surveillance.
Martin Gleave, MD, of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, discusses the Genomic Umbrella Neoadjuvant Study (GUNS) trial, which uses a multi-arm, multistage adaptive design to test targeted therapies in patients with high-risk localized disease by matching neoadjuvant therapies to baseline genomic alterations.
"In this era of BCG shortage, we may be forced to develop new standards and alternative strategies for bladder preservation," writes Badar M. Mian, MD.
"The recently reported change in PCa death rates should prompt men to undergo genetic testing and have a discussion with their doctor regarding the benefits and potential harms of PSA-based screening based on their individualized risk of developing the disease," write Franklin Gaylis, MD, and A. Karim Kader, MD, PhD.
Recommendations on opioid prescribing after endourologic and minimally invasive urologic surgery from an expert panel should help urologists align individual prescribing habits with current evidence, reduce opioid overprescribing, and provide a framework for refining patient-centered guidelines for opioid stewardship in urology, said Kevin Koo, MD, MPH, MPhil.