Bladder cancer is among the more common cancers encountered in the veteran population and use of blue light cystoscopy has improved the detection and treatment of the cancer in the VA population, according to Joseph C. Liao, MD, Associate Professor of Urology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and Chief of Urology at the Palo Alto VA Health System. His VA hospital was among the first in the system to acquire blue light cystoscopy.

“Surgery is all about seeing and doing,” Dr. Liao said, adding that improvement in the ability to visualize tumors allows surgeons to resect them with better margin status.