Upstate shines light on bladder cancer
The Upstate Cancer Center has introduced a new weapon in the fight against bladder cancer.
It’s called Blue Light Cystoscopy and it helps doctors better detect and diagnose cancerous
Upstate is the only facility offering this technology in
A key component of this new technique is the use of
“This technique is game-changer when it comes to keeping
How it works
About an hour before the procedure, doctors insert a catheter tube into the bladder and inject a clear solution into the bladder. The solution is soaked up by cancer
Once in the exam room, doctors will use two different lighted scopes, a White Light Cystoscopy and a Blue Light Cystoscopy. The White Light Cystoscopy illuminates the inside of the bladder to help doctors see any abnormalities. When doctors switch to the Blue Light Cystoscopy,
“The best way to combat bladder cancer is to ensure patients undergo regular checks and to be vigilant about examining the bladder to see if new
On a trial basis, Upstate offered Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview beginning in January. Fifteen patients have been examined with this approach and all are responding well, Jacob said.
Bladder cancer affects more men than women and the likelihood of bladder cancer increases with age. About 9 out of 10 people with bladder cancer are older than 55, while the average age of diagnosis is 73. Kidney infections, kidney and bladder stones and long term use of bladder catheters have been linked to bladder cancer, but a causal relationship has not yet been established. Genetics and a family history of bladder cancer can also increase one’s risk of getting the disease.
Signs and symptoms of bladder cancer most often include blood in the urine. Blood may be
Other symptoms include changes in urination, including frequency, pain, and urgency to urinate.
Advanced bladder cancer can include the following symptoms: unable to urinate, lower back pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, swelling in the feet, bone pain.
Treatments for bladder cancer can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy and various other options.
Risk factors for bladder cancer include smoking, exposure to industrial chemicals called aromatic amines, such as benzidine and beta-naphthylamine, arsenic in drinking water.
For more information on Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview, go
Caption: Joseph Jacob, MD, a fellowship-trained urologic oncologist who is