Atezolizumab (Tecentriq) is available through the Cancer Drugs Fund as a possible treatment for locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma in adults if:
- they haven’t had treatment before
- their tumour expresses PD-L1 at a level of at least 5% and
- cisplatin-based chemotherapy isn’t suitable.
More evidence on atezolizumab is being collected, until December 2020. After this NICE will decide whether or not to recommend atezolizumab for use on the NHS and update the guidance. It will be available through the Cancer Drugs Fund until then.
If you are not eligible for atezolizumab but are already taking it, you should be able to continue until you and your doctor decide when best to stop.
Is this treatment right for me?
Your healthcare professionals should give you clear information, talk with you about your options and listen carefully to your views and concerns. Your family can be involved too, if you wish. Read more about making decisions about your care.
Questions to think about
- How well does it work compared with other treatments?
- What are the risks or side effects? How likely are they?
- How will the treatment affect my day-to-day life?
- What happens if the treatment does not work?
- What happens if I do not want to have treatment? Are there other treatments available?
Information and support
NHS Choices may be a good place to find out more.
These organisations can give you advice and support:
- Action Bladder Cancer UK, 0300 302 0085
- Cancer Research UK Patient Information, 0808 800 4040
- Fight Bladder Cancer, 01844 351621
- Macmillan Cancer Support, 0808 808 0000
- Pelican Foundation, 01256 314746
You can also get support from your local Healthwatch.
NICE is not responsible for the quality or accuracy of any information or advice provided by these organisations.
This page was last updated: 06 December 2017