Improving Patient Adherence and Quality of Life in Metastatic Bladder Cancer: Strategies for Managing Immune-Related Adverse Events Associated with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

A continuing medical education activity provided by NAMCP and AAMCN

Recent Therapeutic Advances in the Management of Metastatic Bladder Cancer: Managed Care Perspectives on Immunotherapy in the First Line Setting is a three-part webinar series

This is Part 3 of the series focusing on first line management of metastatic bladder cancer

This activity is an archive from the webinar held February 3, 2021

This activity is valid from March 1, 2021 to March 1, 2023

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Audience: This activity is intended for healthcare professionals practicing in managed care environments.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Pfizer

Bladder cancer, also known as urothelial carcinoma, is the ninth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 80,470 new cases of bladder cancer and 17,670 deaths in the United States in 2020. Before the advent of new treatments in recent years, the basic management of this illness has remained unchanged for decades. Long-term survival for people diagnosed with advanced bladder cancer is poor, with approximately 5% of patients with metastatic bladder cancer surviving for 5 years or more. As the role of the immune system in oncogenesis and therapy has become clearer across cancer types, new approaches emerged with important benefits in metastatic bladder cancer, which led to the introduction of immune checkpoint inhibitors. However, when those options fail, options are sparse to manage this difficult disease. Fortunately for patients with metastatic bladder cancer, new agents, including antibody-drug conjugates, have recently emerged for patients who have failed on immunotherapy and chemotherapy. It is for this reason that medical directors, oncologists, practicing physicians, nurse case managers and other healthcare professionals must be educated on these emerging options and strategies for their implementation into the treatment paradigm, which will ultimately improve patient outcomes in the metastatic bladder cancer patient population.

While immunotherapy has revolutionized care for metastatic bladder cancer, it doesn't work for everyone. Patients who progress with or fail immunotherapy will need subsequent therapy, and there is limited data to guide treatment selection. New data from late-stage clinical trials introduce emerging targeted agents with great promise in improving outcomes for these patients. As these options have recently become available and shown the ability to improve outcomes in patients with this difficult to treat disease, it is imperative that physician medical directors, oncologists, practicing physicians, nurse case managers and other healthcare professionals are brought up to date regarding these novel treatments, so that they can properly approve and select therapy based on individual patient characteristics for improved clinical and economic outcomes.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Examine challenges to patient adherence, administration and quality of life in the management of metastatic bladder cancer

  • Discuss strategies to implement immune checkpoint inhibitors into the treatment paradigm, especially as it relates to patient adherence and quality of life

  • Review strategies to prevent, anticipate, and manage immune-related adverse events (irAEs) in patients with metastatic bladder cancer

  • Explore the role of first-line immunotherapy maintenance in the management of metastatic bladder cancer


Faculty: Peter H. O’Donnell, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Genitourinary Oncology Program
The University of Chicago


Dr. O’Donnell has served as a consultant for Atheneum, Astellas, Dedham Group, FirstWord Publ., Genentech, HealthAdvances, Janssen, Merck, Pfizer, Schlesinger Assoc., and SeaGen. He has recerived grants/research funding from Acerta Pharma, Astellas, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech, Janssen, Merck, and SeaGen. His presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.

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NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Each
physician should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses who complete this activity and achieve a passing score will receive 1 hour in nursing continuing professional development.

This activity has been approved by the American Board of Managed Care Nursing for 1.0 contact hours toward CMCN recertification requirements.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Pfizer

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