Predicting Immunotherapy Response in Bladder Cancer

March 21, 2019
Robert Dreicer, MD

PD-L1 status may not be the best predictor when it comes to determining who will respond to checkpoint blockade.

When it comes to predicting response to checkpoint inhibitors for patients with urothelial carcinoma, PD-L1 status may not be the most accurate factor, explained Robert Dreicer, MD, deputy director of UVA Cancer Center, director of solid tumor oncology within the division of hematology/oncology and is a professor of medicine and urology at the University of Virginia.

PD-L1 is not the most reliable predictor because there are many patients whose tumors are not PD-L1 positive who still respond to immunotherapy. More research in this field is still warranted.