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Antibody-drug conjugate (ADC)

Stage:

IV: Advanced/metastatic

Treatment Category:

Immunotherapy

Treatment:

Antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) (Chemotherapy + monoclonal antibody)

Suitable for:
  • Suitable for people with advanced bladder cancer who have already been treated with chemotherapy and another immunotherapy
  • Also suitable for people who can’t have chemotherapy but have already received at least one other type of drug therapy
How it works:
  • These therapies work by connecting a monoclonal antibody to a chemotherapy drug. Monoclonal antibodies work as part of our immune system to recognize specific parts of the bladder cancer cell
  • When a chemotherapy drug is attached to a monoclonal antibody, the chemotherapy can be targeted to bladder cancer cells so that it can find and kill these without damaging healthy cells
How it is typically used:

Usually given as a treatment for advanced bladder cancer that has continued to progress following treatment with other drug therapies, including chemotherapy and immune checkpoint inhibitors

How it is administered:

Administered as an infusion directly into a vein

Side effects:
  • Fatigue
  • Nerve damage that causes numbness or tingling in hands and feet
  • Nausea
  • Taste changes
  • Decreased appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Hair loss
  • Dry eyes or vision changes
  • Dry skin
  • Itching
  • High blood sugar levels

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