EV-302 investigator Thomas Powles presents data at ESMO in Madrid. (Credit: ESMO)

Af­ter the ap­plause: New ef­fi­ca­cy ex­pec­ta­tions in urothe­lial can­cer af­ter Pad­cev-Keytru­da da­ta re­veal

Urothe­lial can­cer on­col­o­gist Matthew Gal­sky has trou­ble re­mem­ber­ing the last time there was a stand­ing ova­tion for clin­i­cal tri­al da­ta at a med­ical con­fer­ence. But he wasn’t sur­prised that con­fir­ma­to­ry da­ta from a Phase III tri­al study­ing Seagen and Astel­las’ Pad­cev plus Mer­ck’s Keytru­da in first-line blad­der can­cer was met with one just over a week ago at ES­MO.

“Since the de­vel­op­ment of plat­inum-based chemother­a­py around 30-plus years ago, there have been no im­prove­ments in sur­vival in pa­tients with metasta­t­ic blad­der can­cer or urothe­lial can­cer,” said Gal­sky, a pro­fes­sor at the Ic­ahn School of Med­i­cine at Mount Sinai.

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