Siamak Daneshmand, MD

Siamak Daneshmand, MD

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Dr. Siamak Daneshmand earned his medical degree at the University of California, Davis, and completed his residency at the University of Southern California, followed by a two-year Fellowship in Urologic Oncology at the University of Southern California’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is currently the Associate Professor of Urology and serves as Director of Clinical Research at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, and has extensive experience in the management of advanced kidney cancers and prostate cancer.

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Articles by Siamak Daneshmand, MD

Urine Biomarkers for the Detection of Urothelial Carcinoma

Siamak Daneshmand, MD, Associate Professor of Urology and Director of Clinical Research at the University of Southern California discusses the ability of urinary markers to rule out bladder cancer and decrease the frequency of and need for cystoscopy and cytology. He goes over the limitations and adverse effects of cystoscopy and cytology before summarizing the findings of several studies looking at different urinary biomarkers for bladder cancer, including Cxbladder, Bladder EpiCheck, Bladder CARE™, and Decipher Bladder.

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Industry Perspective: Panel Discussion on Cxbladder Genomic Urine Test for Bladder Cancer

Siamak Daneshmand, MD, Associate Professor of Urology and Director of Clinical Research at the University of Southern California (USC), along with Anne Schuckman, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Urology at the USC, and Sima P. Porten MD, MPH, Associate Professor at the USC participated in a panel discussion on the Cxbladder Genomic Urine Test for Bladder Cancer at the 5th Annual International Bladder Cancer Update. Dr. Daneshmand reviews a research study that audited the clinical utility of the Cxbladder monitor assay and found that it accurately ruled out patients who did not have recurrent UC, enabling low risk patients to undergo cystoscopy at a longer-than-recommended interval, thereby reducing the cystoscopy burden by 39%. He then asks Drs. Porten and Schuckman questions about their experience with Cxbladder, leading the two to discuss ideal patient populations for Cxbladder, in-home sampling procedures, and situations wherein Cxbladder is most effective.

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Updates in Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

Sia Daneshmand, MD, Associate Professor of Urology and Director of Clinical Research at the University of Southern California, describes the current landscape of muscle invasive bladder cancer treatment, highlighting developments in radical cystectomy and chemotherapy. He observes that while radical cystectomy has long been the gold standard, efforts are being made to preserve reproductive organs in female patients who have low-stage disease. Dr. Daneshmand also notes the significant number of neoadjuvant chemotherapy phase II trials currently underway. While studies examining adjuvant chemotherapy have shown promise, the limitations of these trials necessitate further research. Similarly, research comparing super-extended lymph node dissection (LND) with extended LND have yielded insignificant p-values, but absolute numbers demonstrate a positive upward survival trend over 5 years. Dr. Daneshmand concludes that additional clinical trials will reveal the optimal combination and sequencing of treatment options.

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Controversies in Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

Siamak Daneshmand, MD, reports on recent controversies in treatment for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) regarding chemotherapy options for reducing post-transurethral resection (TUR) recurrences and active surveillance for low-grade patients, as well as alternatives to cystectomy in high-grade patients.

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