Upcoming Symposium to Feature New Insights for Management of Prostate, Bladder, Kidney Cancers

For immediate release
January 12, 2018


Ashley Yum

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Co-sponsors of the 2018 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium announced today four abstracts to be highlighted in the meeting’s official Press Program. Researchers will present the findings of these studies in an embargoed presscast for reporters, taking place Monday, February 5, 2018, from 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. ET.

The following studies will be featured during the presscast:

  • A randomized, phase III trial investigating the hormone therapy apalutamide for the treatment of non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, a form of prostate cancer currently with no approved therapies (Abstract 161).
  • An analysis of health-related quality of life and cost-effectiveness when docetaxel is added to first-line hormone therapy for prostate cancer (Abstract 162).
  • A study evaluating a prognostic model to predict overall survival for patients with advanced bladder cancer receiving the immunotherapy atezolizumab (Abstract 413).
  • A randomized, phase III trial of atezolizumab plus bevacizumab versus sunitinib for first-line treatment of advanced kidney cancer (Abstract 578).

The 2018 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium will take place February 8-10 at the Moscone West Building in San Francisco, California. Abstracts presented at the Symposium will discuss the latest strategies in the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate, kidney, testicular, and bladder cancers. On-site facilities for reporters will include a working newsroom and access to leading experts in genitourinary cancers.

Visit the 2018 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium Media Resource Center for instructions on how to register for the meeting, as well as how to participate in the presscast.

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About the Society of Urologic Oncology:
The Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) was created in 1984 to enable qualified members primarily interested in the care of patients with malignant genitourinary diseases to meet for the purpose of discussion, development, and implementation of ideas to improve care. The Society and its bylaws conform to the guidelines and bylaws of the American Urological Association (AUA).

The purpose of the SUO is to develop educational and research initiatives and to study issues in urologic oncology and provide physician statements that represent a state of the art assessment of these issues to other organizations.

The Society also provides a forum for identifying the urologic oncologist as a physician with specific expertise in the study and treatment of genitourinary malignancies. In recognition of the multidisciplinary efforts involved in the study and treatment of genitourinary malignancies, the Society seeks to incorporate multiple disciplines in achieving these goals. The Society supports the activities of multiple disciplines in the common objectives of seeking an increased understanding and successful treatment of genitourinary malignancies.

The SUO seeks to improve the care of patients with malignant urologic disease and to provide a forum for the discussion of problems relating to malignant urologic disease. Our objectives include: 1) Stimulating research in and the teaching of urologic oncology, 2) Disseminating the principles of urologic oncology to the medical profession at large, 3) Bringing urologists into a Society whose work is entirely, or principally with malignant disease, 4) Being identified as the most qualified organization on matters relating to urologic oncology, and 5) Standardize fellowship training in urologic oncology.

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