When Should We Stop Intravesical Treatment in Patients with Superficial Bladder Cancer?

  • B. von Heyden
  • G. Jakse
Conference paper
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 126)


Transurethral resection (TUR) is the treatment of choice for patients with superficial bladder cancer (i.e., Ta, T1 tumors). There are few patients in whom cystectomy is indicated as the initial treatment. External beam irradiation or brachytherapy is applied only in special centers. External beam irradiation certainly does not lower the recurrence rate or improve survival compared to TUR [22]. Interstitial radium implants used in a very selected group of patients seem to be highly effective, both in terms of survival and recurrence rate [26].


Transitional Cell Carcinoma Invasive Bladder Cancer Superficial Bladder Cancer Prostatic Urethra Intravesical Chemotherapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. von Heyden
    • 1
  • G. Jakse
    • 1
  1. 1.Urologische KlinikRWTH AachenAachenGermany

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