BCAN 2019: Diagnostic Approach in Clinically Node Positive Bladder Cancer

Washington, DC (UroToday.com) During the John Quale Award Presentation, Amy Lim from MD Anderson, presented her research regarding the diagnostic approach in clinically node positive bladder cancer. Patients with modal metastatic bladder cancer are at a significantly increased risk of mortality.

They performed a retrospective cohort study between 2006-2017 in patients with cTanyN1-3M0 disease. A total of 120 patients were identified, 30% had lymph node biopsy and 65% of those has biopsy positive disease all of which underwent chemotherapy. Overall survival improved with T1 or less and node negative disease, however, no difference was noted according to biopsy status. In conclusion, the clinical false positive rate may be 1/3 and these findings support further research in a clinical trial.

Presented by: Amy H. Lim, MD, PhD, Department of Urology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Written by: Stephen B. Williams, MD, Medical Director for High Value Care; Chief of Urology, Associate Professor, Director of Urologic Oncology, Director Urologic Research, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX and Ashish M. Kamat, MD, Professor, Department of Urology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX at the 2019 Bladder  Cancer Advocacy Network  (BCAN) Think Tank August 8-10,  2019  -  the  Capital Hilton, Washington, DC, USA