Instructional Course - Requires Course Pass or Individual Course Ticket, Additional Registration Required
This course is a comprehensive review of tri-modal therapy for muscularis propria invasive urothelial carcinoma of the bladder with a multidisciplinary faculty including urology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology. The course will focus on the Urologist’s critical role in patient selection for this approach vs. radical cystectomy. We will discuss the technique and importance of aggressive transurethral resection and repeat resection prior to proceeding to chemotherapy and radiation, as well as the continued role of the urologist in repeat cystoscopic assessments of tumor response and ongoing surveillance of the bladder. We will review the coordinated multidisciplinary approach for bladder preservation, including radiation fields, role of concurrent chemotherapy, need for early salvage cystectomy when indicated, and management of non-muscle invasive recurrences. We will review potential toxicities and quality of life associated with bladder sparing therapy versus cystectomy, and will address emerging topics such as novel biomarkers and the potential role of combining radiation with immunotherapy and other targeted therapies.