Emergence of undifferentiated urothelial carcinoma after pembrolizumab treatment for patient with invasive urothelial bladder cancer: A case report

Bladder Cancer

Hasegawa M, et al. SAGE Open Med Case Rep 2020.


An 83-year-old man received pembrolizumab treatment after anticancer chemotherapy with gemcitabine and cisplatin for advanced bladder cancer. Pathological findings revealed invasive urothelial carcinoma with squamous differentiation before treatment. After seven courses of pembrolizumab treatment, the tumor disappeared. After 15 courses of the treatment, the tumor regrew. Pathological findings revealed invasive undifferentiated urothelial carcinoma consisting of relatively small tumor cells of

the same size as lymphocytes, negative for neuroendocrine markers. Programmed death-ligand 1 expressions in tumor tissue changed from positive before treatment to negative after pembrolizumab treatment.