Does Variant Histology Change Management of Non-muscle-invasive Bladder Cancer?

A 52-yr-old man, 35 pack-year smoker, is diagnosed with two non-muscle-invasive urothelial tumors, pTa and pT1, the former upstaged to pT1 by a reference pathologist. Two possible treatment strategies include intravesical bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) and/or primary or rescue cystectomy. The importance or even accurate existence of "variant histology" is put into perspective, and whether the reference pathologist's diagnosis of a micropapillary variant requires a real change in treatment strategy is considered. PATIENT SUMMARY: The reference urologist diagnosed two small bladder tumors as two different depths of infiltration: one as pTa and the other (slightly more severe) as pT1. Suspecting a variant, the reference urologist referred to a second pathologist, who upstaged the less severe tumor to T1, with both defined as micropapillary cancer. This presentation discusses removal of the bladder versus a trial of treatment with bladder preservation.

European urology oncology. 2019 Aug 05 [Epub ahead of print]

Maximilian Burger, Ashish M Kamat, David McConkey

Department of Urology, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany. Electronic address: ., University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA., Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.


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