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Bladder Cancer Medications

Here's a list of the approved drugs to treat bladder cancer. Click on any of the medications for more info on indications, dosing and side effects.


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DRUG Chemotherapy
GENERIC NAME Multiple
DRUG RECOMMENDATION

Cytotoxic chemotherapy, the oldest and most commonly used type of cancer treatment, halts cell division and kills rapidly growing cells. For a full list of chemotherapy drugs, click here.

DRUG Bavencio
GENERIC NAME avelumab
DRUG RECOMMENDATION

Bavencio is a checkpoint inhibitor approved for advanced or metastatic bladder (urothelial) cancer, metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma and advanced kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma).

DRUG Imfinzi
GENERIC NAME durvalumab
DRUG RECOMMENDATION

Imfinzi is a checkpoint inhiibtor approved for advanced or metastatic bladder (urothelial) cancer and inoperable non-small-cell lung cancer.

DRUG Keytruda
GENERIC NAME pembrolizumab
DRUG RECOMMENDATION

Keytruda is a PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor approved for inoperable or metastatic melanoma, adjuvant treatment of melanoma after surgery, non-small-cell lung cancer, bladder (urothelial) cancer, head and neck cancer, liver cancer, kidney cancer, relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma, primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma, Merkel cell carcinoma and for all metastatic solid tumors with high microsatellite instability or mismatch repair deficiency genetic mutations.

DRUG Opdivo
GENERIC NAME nivolumab
DRUG RECOMMENDATION

Opdivo is a checkpoint inhibitor approved for advanced or metastatic melanoma, metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer, advanced and intermediate or poor risk kidney cancer, relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma, recurrent or metastatic head and neck cancer, metastatic bladder (urothelial) cancer, liver cancer and colorectal cancer with high microsatellite instability or mismatch repair deficiency genetic mutations.

DRUG Tecentriq
GENERIC NAME atezolizumab
DRUG RECOMMENDATION

Tecentriq is a checkpoint inhibitor approved for advanced or metastatic bladder (urothelial) cancer, metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer, extensive-stage small cell lung cancer and triple-negative breast cancer.

DRUG TICE
GENERIC NAME Bacillus Calmette-Guerin
DRUG RECOMMENDATION

TICE is BCG bacteria approved to treat early-stage bladder (urothelial) cancer and prevent recurrence.

DRUG Balversa
GENERIC NAME erdafitinib
DRUG RECOMMENDATION

Balversa is a kinase inhibitor approved for previously treated locally advanced or metastatic bladder cancer (urothelial carcinoma) that carries FGFR genetic mutations.

DRUG Vitrakvi
GENERIC NAME larotrectinib
DRUG RECOMMENDATION

Vitrakvi is a tropomyosin receptor kinase (TRK) inhibitor that works against cancers anywhere in the body with NTRK gene fusions.


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