The 2016/17 FDA approvals of five immune checkpoint inhibitors for platinum-treated patients have significantly altered the treatment landscape for advanced bladder cancer, which has historically been dominated by chemotherapies. Keytruda (Merck) and Tecentriq (Roche / Genentech) have since been approved for previously untreated patients, and Keytruda saw a quick FDA approval in the non-muscle-invasive, BCG-unresponsive population as immune checkpoint inhibitors are becoming spread across different stages of disease. Biomarker-driven treatments are becoming increasingly attractive, as highlighted by Balversa’s FDA approval in April 2019. Furthermore, the entrance of Padcev in the third-line setting in the United States provides patients with an extra treatment option for metastatic disease. Given the intense Phase II/III pipeline activity, we anticipate the approval of several new therapies for both muscle-invasive and non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer within the forecast period.

Questions Answered

  • What are the sizes of the clinically and commercially relevant drug-treatable bladder cancer populations, and how will drug-treatment rates change over time?
  • How is bladder cancer currently treated, and what are the (dis)advantages of existing drugs? What is the expected market impact of recent approvals?
  • Which of the emerging therapies seem most promising, and what sales/uptake could they secure in the bladder cancer market?
  • What are the drivers and constraints in the bladder cancer market, and how will the market evolve over the ten-year forecast period?

Geographies: United States, EU5, Japan.

Primary Research: 20 country-specific interviews with thought-leading urologists and medical oncologists. Supported by survey data collected for this and other DRG research.

Epidemiology: Diagnosed and recurrent incidence of bladder cancer by country, segmented by clinically and commercially relevant drug-treatable populations.

Forecast: Ten-year, annualized, drug-level sales and patient share of key bladder cancer therapies through 2028, segmented by brands/generics and epidemiological subpopulations.

Emerging Therapies: Phase III/PR: 9 drugs; Phase II: 11 drugs; coverage of select preclinical and Phase I products.

Product Description

Disease Landscape & Forecast provides comprehensive market intelligence with world-class epidemiology, keen insight into current treatment paradigms, in-depth pipeline assessments, and drug forecasts supported by detailed primary and secondary research.

Table of contents

  • Bladder Cancer - Landscape & Forecast - Disease Landscape & Forecast

Author(s): Grace Mitchell, M.Res; Nishant Kumar, MPH

is a business insights analyst in the oncology team at Decision Resources Group. Ms. Mitchell previously worked as an analyst at financial PR firm, Tulchan Communications, where she provided news on the pharmaceutical sector from a commercial perspective. Prior to this, Ms. Mitchell was a project assistant within the consulting team at DRG-Abacus where she learnt about HEOR and market access. Ms. Mitchell obtained her Masters in Cancer Sciences from the University of Birmingham. The degree focused on the expression of immune checkpoints in DLBCL. She also holds a B.Sc. in Biomedical Science from the University of Reading.

Nishant is a senior epidemiologist and head of oncology within the epidemiology team at Decision Resources Group. He also covers some CNS diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. His key interests are developing interactive patient flows, and modelling disease progression to forecast commercially relevant drug-treatable incident and prevalent populations. Nishant also spends a lot of time collaborating with clients to help answer more specific questions through custom work and consulting projects.

His qualifications include an MSc in Public Health with specialization in epidemiology and statistics from King’s College London, and a BSc in Medical Studies from the University of Birmingham.


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