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Maintenance therapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors


Locally Advanced (includes T3 tumors) , Metastatic Bladder Cancer (includes T4 tumors)

Treatment Category:

Maintenance therapy


Maintenance therapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors

Suitable for:

Suitable for people with locally advanced or metastatic bladder cancer if the cancer did not progress during treatment with chemotherapy

How it works:

Maintenance therapy works by giving immunotherapy as part of a two-step treatment regimen to maintain the benefits of an initial treatment. The aim of maintenance therapy is to prevent the cancer reoccurring, or to slow the progression

How it is typically used:

For advanced bladder cancer, a treatment regimen of chemotherapy followed by an immune checkpoint inhibitor may be used as maintenance therapy, to maintain the benefits of chemotherapy and slow the progression of the cancer

How it is administered:

Administered as an infusion directly into a vein

Side effects:
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain

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