Bladder Cancer

Chemohyperthermia Safe, Effective for NMIBC Adjuvant Treatment

Chemohyperthermia Safe, Effective for NMIBC Adjuvant Treatment

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It offers better recurrence-free survival than BCG in patients with papillary intermediate- and high-risk non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer.

Adjuvant Chemo Ups Survival in Locally Advanced Bladder Cancer

Adjuvant Chemo Ups Survival in Locally Advanced Bladder Cancer

Improved survival with adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with locally advanced disease compared with cystectomy alone.

Electronic Cigarettes Make it Harder to Quit Smoking

Electronic Cigarettes Make it Harder to Quit Smoking

Electronic cigarettes devices lower chances of quitting smoking by 28%, researchers say.

Study: ADT, Radiotherapy Possibly Reduce Bladder Cancer Risk

Study: ADT, Radiotherapy Possibly Reduce Bladder Cancer Risk

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The finding of lower bladder cancer incidence in patients receiving pelvic radiation contrasts with previous research.

Bladder Tumor Resection Key to Cystectomy Outcomes

Bladder Tumor Resection Key to Cystectomy Outcomes

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Researchers estimate that 40% of pathologic response in MIBC patients receiving both neoadjuvant chemo and TURBT is due to TURBT.

Travel Distance to Provider Predicts Post-Cystectomy Readmission

Travel Distance to Provider Predicts Post-Cystectomy Readmission

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A travel distance of more than 30 miles to the provider was associated with greater chances of readmission in one analysis.

Post-Cystectomy Complications Linked to Poor Mental Health

Post-Cystectomy Complications Linked to Poor Mental Health

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Lower patient-reported mental health was statistically associated with an increased incidence of high-grade complications after radical cystectomy.

Specialized Immunonutrition May Benefit Radical Cystectomy Patients

Specialized Immunonutrition May Benefit Radical Cystectomy Patients

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In a pilot study, an arginine-enriched drink improved postoperative immune response and infection rate.

Smoking Rate Hits a New Low in the United States

Smoking Rate Hits a New Low in the United States

As of 2014, rate is 16.8% but big socioeconomic disparities remain.

Recently Introduced BCG Substrain Effective for High-Risk NMIBC

Recently Introduced BCG Substrain Effective for High-Risk NMIBC

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Use of the Moreau substrain, aimed at easing a worldwide BCG shortage, is associated with 5-year outcomes similar to those of other substrains.

Robotic Radical Cystectomy Safe, Feasible in the Elderly

Robotic Radical Cystectomy Safe, Feasible in the Elderly

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The procedure takes longer than open radical cystectomy, but is associated with less blood loss, fewer transfusions, and shorter hospital stays.

Study Supports Metabolic Syndrome, Bladder Cancer Link

Study Supports Metabolic Syndrome, Bladder Cancer Link

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The syndrome is associated with a significant 2-fold increased risk of urothelial carcinoma of the bladder.

'Low-Nicotine' Cigarettes May Aid Smoking Cessation

'Low-Nicotine' Cigarettes May Aid Smoking Cessation

Those inhaling the lowest levels of the addictive agent were more likely to try to stop.

Occupational Risk of Bladder Cancer on the Rise

Occupational Risk of Bladder Cancer on the Rise

Odds for the disease climbing faster among women than men in the workforce.

Culture-Directed Prophylaxis Cuts Post-Cystectomy Infection Rates

Culture-Directed Prophylaxis Cuts Post-Cystectomy Infection Rates

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Researchers report a significant drop in 30-day post-operative infection rate.

Interferon + BCG May Be an Alternative to Radical Cystectomy

Interferon + BCG May Be an Alternative to Radical Cystectomy

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In a small study, 56% of NMIBC patients who received the dual regimen after failing treatment with BCG alone were tumor free.

Adjuvant Chemotherapy Lowers Bladder Cancer Death Risk

Adjuvant Chemotherapy Lowers Bladder Cancer Death Risk

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Cisplatin-based chemotherapy after radical cystectomy for high-risk bladder cancer decreased the risk of death from the malignancy by 29%.

Bladder Cancer Death Risk Higher in Patients with Blood Type A

Bladder Cancer Death Risk Higher in Patients with Blood Type A

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ABO blood may be useful in risk-stratification of patients who may benefit from more aggressive treatment and/or altered surveillance regimens.

Survival After Radical Cystectomy Improving

Survival After Radical Cystectomy Improving

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Population-based Australian data from 2001-2009 show better 5-year disease-specific and overall survival rates compared with older studies.

Pre-Cystectomy CT Scans May Predict Outcomes

Pre-Cystectomy CT Scans May Predict Outcomes

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

Finasteride Use May Lower Bladder Cancer Risk in Men

Finasteride Use May Lower Bladder Cancer Risk in Men

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The malignancy is 36% less likely to develop, after adjusting for age and smoking, data show.

Circulating Tumor Cell Assays May Aid Bladder Cancer Care

Circulating Tumor Cell Assays May Aid Bladder Cancer Care

IsoFlux test showed 10 or more circulating tumor cells in four of nine samples, versus 0 with CellSearch.

NLR Predicts GU Cancer Outcomes After Treatment

NLR Predicts GU Cancer Outcomes After Treatment

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New data suggest a prognosis role for the neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio.

Cancer Trials Should Involve More Seniors, ASCO Says

Cancer Trials Should Involve More Seniors, ASCO Says

Older adults react differently to treatment, oncology group notes.

Many Cancer Patients Unaware of Ways to Preserve Fertility

Many Cancer Patients Unaware of Ways to Preserve Fertility

Almost 1 in 3 not told cancer treatment might affect future fertility.

Chemo Doesn't Improve Quality of Life in End-Stage Cancer

Chemo Doesn't Improve Quality of Life in End-Stage Cancer

No improvement in quality of life, even for patients with good baseline performance status.

No Pioglitazone-Bladder Cancer Link, Study Says

No Pioglitazone-Bladder Cancer Link, Study Says

But research reveals association with pancreatic and prostate cancer.

Prior Pelvic Irradiation Does Not Predict Cystectomy Outcomes

Prior Pelvic Irradiation Does Not Predict Cystectomy Outcomes

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Bladder cancer patients with and without a history of pelvic irradiation have similar recurrence-free and cancer-specific survival rates.

Public Supports Raising Legal Smoking Age to 21

Public Supports Raising Legal Smoking Age to 21

Even 70% of smokers support the concept of raising the legal smoking age.

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