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Treatment Study for Localized Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer and Locally Advanced Urothelial Cancer

Clinical Trial Title: 
A031501: Phase III randomized adjuvant study of MK-3475 (pembrolizumab) in muscle invasive and locally advanced urothelial carcinoma (ambassador) versus observation.
Clinical Trial Protocol ID: 
20051802
Clinical Trial Investigator Name: 
Alan Tan, MD
Clinical Trial Protocol Description: 

This randomized phase III trial studies how well pembrolizumab works in treating patients with bladder cancer that has spread into the deep muscle of the bladder wall (muscle-invasive) or urothelial cancer that has spread from where it started to nearby tissue or lymph nodes (locally advanced). Monoclonal antibodies recognizing and blocking checkpoint molecules can enhance the patient's immune response and therefore help fight cancer. Pembrolizumab is one of the monoclonal antibodies that block the PD-1 axis and can interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow.

Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria: 

In order to participate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have histologically confirmed muscle-invasive urothelial carcinoma of the bladder, urethra, upper tract, or lymph node positive (LN+) disease.
  • Have had radical cystectomy (cystoprostatectomy for men) and lymph node dissection (for bladder primary), or nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy or ureterectomy (for uppertract tumors) or urethrectomy (in addition to a radical cystectomy-either simultaneously or in the past) >= 4 weeks but =< 16 weeks prior to pre-registration.
  • Have no evidence of residual cancer or metastasis after surgery.
  • Have no autoimmune disease or history of autoimmune disease that might recur, which may affect vital organ function or require immune suppressive treatment including systemic corticosteroids.

This is a partial list of eligibility requirements. To inquire about your eligibility, please call the contact number provided. If you wish to inquire via email, please include the title of the study in your message.

Clinical Trial Area: 
Genitourinary Cancers
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(312) CANCER-1
Contact Name: 
Rush Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office