Pre-Cystectomy CT Scans May Predict Outcomes

Computed tomography (CT) scans prior to radical cystectomy for invasive bladder cancer may be useful.
Computed tomography (CT) scans prior to radical cystectomy for invasive bladder cancer may be useful.

Computed tomography (CT) scans prior to radical cystectomy (RC) for invasive bladder cancer may be useful in predicting patients' risk of death.

Sebastian Christoph Schmid, MD, of the Technische Universität München in Munich, and colleagues reviewed preoperative CT images of 206 patients with invasive bladder cancer undergoing RC. Patients had a median followup of 40 months. Results showed that increased bladder wall thickness and lymph node size of 6–10 mm and larger than 10 mm correlated significantly with an increased risk of all-cause and cancer-specific mortality, the researchers reported online ahead of print in the World Journal of Urology.

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