ICUD-EAU international consultation on bladder cancer 2012: Chemotherapy for urothelial carcinoma - Neoadjuvant and adjuvant settings
Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
Urinary Bladder Neoplasms
Cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy for advanced and metastatic bladder cancer is an established standard, improving overall survival. In the advanced setting, cisplatin-ineligible patients may benefit from gemcitabine and carboplatin. Meta-analyses undertaken for neoadjuvant cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy show a 5% benefit in overall survival. Pathologic complete remission may be an intermediate surrogate for survival, but requires further validation. Use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy is low, and is attributable to patient and physician choice because of limited benefit, advanced age, and comorbidities including renal and/or cardiac dysfunction. Sufficient data to support adjuvant chemotherapy are lacking.