Controling the recurrence of tumors has always been at the forefront of modern medicine. Now it can be done with bladder cancer patients. “The results of the clinical trial, published in European Urology, compared two groups of bladder cancer patients who were due to undergo bladder tumor resection surgery.
Only 5.6% of low-risk patients in the narrow band imaging (NBI) facilitated surgery group experienced a recurrence of bladder tumors in the 12 months following surgery, compared to 27.3% in those who underwent conventional TURBT (trans urethral resection of bladder tumors) surgery.
According to the World Cancer Research Fund, bladder cancer is the ninth most common cancer in the world, with 430,000 new cases diagnosed in 2012.
For patients with early bladder cancer, a specialist will remove the tumors from the bladder lining using a thin telescope called a cystoscope.
The trial, co-ordinated by the Clinical Research Office of the Endourological Society (CROES, Amsterdam), recruited 965 patients from 16 countries to be randomised to either conventional “white light” TURBT or NBI-facilitated bladder tumor surgery.
Mr Richard Bryan, from the University of Birmingham, explained, “Narrow band imaging makes it easier to identify bladder tumors. It can detect small bladder tumors that might otherwise by overlooked by more conventional ‘white light’ cystoscopy.”
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