Advances in the understanding of the early detection of bladder cancer


Türkeri L. , Tinay I.

European Urological Review, vol.3, no.2, pp.28-30, 2008 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 3 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Title of Journal : European Urological Review
  • Page Numbers: pp.28-30

Abstract

Bladder cancer is a major health problem across the world, mainly due to its association with tobacco abuse. A final diagnosis is achieved through cystoscopy and resection of tumours for pathological examination. Detection of recurrent disease is based on cystoscopic follow-up as well as urine-related examinations. As the risk of disease recurrence requires quite frequent endoscopic surveillance, follow-up is hampered by patient anxiety and discomfort, accompanied by a high number of cystoscopies either at the office or in the hospital; furthermore, cost is a factor. Therefore, the high number of endoscopic interventions makes bladder cancer one of the most costly of all tumours in both the US and Europe.1-3 Thus, theavailability of a tumour marker that may help to discover the presence of a tumour in the bladder either initially or during follow-up would be extremely useful. Currently, many markers are under evaluation; the following article focuses on some of the mostrelevant. © Touch Briefings 2008.