Seth P. Lerner, MD, presented “Updates in Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma” virtually during the 21st Annual Future Directions in Urology Symposium in August 2020.

How to cite: Lerner, Seth P. Updates in Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma” August 10th, 2020. Accessed Jul 2024.


Seth P. Lerner, MD, Professor of Urology, Director of Urologic Oncology and the Multidisciplinary Bladder Cancer Program, and Faculty Group Practice Medical Director for the Urology Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine discusses the impact of several upper tract urothelial carcinoma studies on the treatment of the disease. The POUT phase III trial used adjuvant therapy for high-risk patients who didn’t receive neoadjuvant therapy and through increased survival rates supported the establishment of the new adjuvant therapy standard of care. ECOG, a phase II trial of neoadjuvant systemic chemotherapy followed by extirpative surgery in high-risk upper tract urothelial carcinoma found about a 10% pathological complete response rate from treatment. QED, an ongoing adjuvant trial, tested infigratinib, an oral FGFR1-3 selective kinase inhibitor, so far finding increased survival rates in patients. Dr. Lerner concludes with the Olympus Study, a phase III prospective study on patients with low-grade disease in the renal pelvis using mitomycin gel for treatment and found a 58% complete response rate and led to the treatment’s approval by the FDA.

About The 2020 Virtual Future Directions in Urology Symposium
The Future Directions in Urology Symposium was founded 21 years ago to reflect on the current state of the urology community and predict trends in the treatment of urology conditions in the following 5-10 years. This conference brings together experts in the field, including urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, family practice doctors, researchers, and industry leaders to review current trends and prospects. Dr. Lerner presented this lecture during this year’s virtual conference in August 2020.


Seth P. Lerner, MD, is Professor of Urology and Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs in the Scott Department of Urology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He holds the Beth and Dave Swalm Chair in Urologic Oncology. Dr. Lerner is the Director of Urologic Oncology and the Multidisciplinary Bladder Cancer Program, also at Baylor.

Dr. Lerner earned his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine, completed a surgical internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, and returned to Baylor for his residency training. He completed a two-year fellowship at the University of Southern California in Urologic Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery and joined the full-time Baylor faculty in 1992.

Dr. Lerner’s clinical practice, education, and research activities are devoted to urologic oncology, particularly to lower and upper tract urothelial cancer. Dr. Lerner is the author of 228 peer-reviewed articles, co-editor of a comprehensive Textbook on Bladder Cancer, and founding co-editor-in-chief of the Bladder Cancer journal. His research interests include the use of selective estrogen receptor modulators for treatment of bladder cancer, gene therapy, integrated proteogenomic analysis of bladder and upper urinary tract cancers, and outcomes of radical cystectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy.

Dr. Lerner has 30 years of experience as a clinical investigator for both National Cancer Institute (NCI) and industry-funded clinical trials. He is Principal Investigator of the ongoing SWOG NCI Phase III trial comparing extended vs. standard pelvic lymphadenectomy at time of radical cystectomy. He is active in the leadership of several national bladder cancer research enterprises, serving as chair of the Local Bladder Cancer committee of SWOG, founding and former co-chair of the NCI Bladder Cancer Task Force, and former co-chair of theNCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) Genitourinary Steering Committee. He co-chaired the Analysis Working Group of The Cancer Genome Atlas Project for muscle invasive bladder cancer and was recently appointed to a 4-year term to the NCI Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee. Dr. Lerner is very active in the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) as a member of the Board of Directors, is past chair of the Bladder Cancer Think Tank, and is co-chair of the management committee of the Bladder Cancer Research Network. Dr. Lerner is an active member of the prestigious American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons and is listed routinely among “America’s Top Doctors” and “Best Doctors in America.”