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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 98-109

Systemic treatment options in bladder cancer


Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Vanita Noronha
Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/CRST.CRST_8_19

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Since the 1980's, with the advent of MVAC (methotrexate, cisplatin, vinblastine, adriamycin) the role of chemotherapy for bladder cancer was defined. Since then, multiple chemotherapy regimens have been used and the field of chemotherapy has reached a therapeutic plateau. In the last decade, there have been recent updates in the systemic options used in bladder cancer. Early stage disease is managed with cystectomy. The role of neoadjuvant chemotherapy is well established and the trimodality approach for bladder preservation is widely being practiced worldwide. With the advent of immunotherapy, the survival pattern has changed in patients with metastatic disease, and still, more research work needs to be done. Here we aim to review all the latest trends in the systemic treatment options of bladder cancer.


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