Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) plays a cornerstone role in the management of nonmuscle invasive urothelial carcinoma of the bladder. However, there has been a worldwide intermittent BCG shortage in recent years that may affect the care of patients with bladder cancer and pose difficult clinical decisions to urologists and clinical oncologists. This literature review aims to clarify alternatives to BCG during a shortage and propose measures to replace BCG, mainly in Brazil and probably in other low- and middle-income countries, where not all studied and commonly suggested treatments are available.

Journal of global oncology. 2019 Aug [Epub]

Marcelo Langer Wroclawski, Fabio A Schutz, Jonathan Doyun Cha, Andrey Soares

Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, Brazil., BP – A Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.