Optimizing systemic therapy for metastatic renal cell carcinoma beyond the first-line setting

Guillermo de Velasco, Lana Hamieh, Suzanne Mickey, Toni K. Choueiri

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The introduction of molecularly targeted therapies (TTs) has transformed the management of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). Within a relatively short period of time, systemic treatment of mRCC has evolved from a disease treated only by cytokines to a disease where TT is the cornerstone of patient management.Since the approval of sorafenib, an inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR), in December 2005, 7 drugs have been introduced that have provided a high level of clinical efficacy in patients with mRCC, with a median survival of ~30 months in an unselected patient population that generally fits trials eligibility. Despite such success, advancements in therapies have reached a plateau: different combinations of targeted agents have not demonstrated additional benefit mainly owing to toxicity concerns, and some novel agents have failed to show benefit over approved drugs in clinics.In this review, we aim to focus on optimizing selection of agents in mRCC after progression on first-line TT. We also review how new drugs may transform existing guidelines and break through the current plateau reached with approved agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-545
Number of pages8
JournalUrologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Renal cell carcinoma
  • Sequence
  • Systemic therapy


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