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SUPERFICIAL BLADDER CANCER

ANCHOR LEAD:   IT IS POSSIBLE TO KEEP LOW GRADE BLADDER CANCER UNDER CONTROL, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Superficial bladder cancer, a type of cancer that hasn’t invaded the muscles that comprise the organ, can be successfully managed over a long period of time using a standard therapy called BCG or a type of chemotherapy, a long term European study concludes.  Arthur Burnett, a urologist at Johns Hopkins, describes the findings.

BURNETT:  The evidence from this trial, which is a long term one with a follow-up of all patients of 8.5 years, and for those patients who were still alive with a long term follow up of 19 years, allows us to really make some perhaps preliminary conclusions that this still could be very effective for even long term disease control.  And seeing this trial I think affirms this management approach.  Comparing these two different therapies BCG is still more effective than chemotherapy but both may still be effective to reduce long term progression.           :28

Since the majority of bladder cancers are superficial, this study helps define management practices.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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