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Bladder cancer is the second most common urological malignancy with a one in 28 lifetime risk. Three-quarters of tumors are non-muscle-invasive (formerly termed superficial) at the time of presentation. Approximately half of all non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) will recur and, depending on certain prognostic factors including grade, stage and presence of carcinoma in situ, a number will progress to muscle invasion. The standard of care for NMIBC is transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT) to remove the mass lesion(s). Intravesical therapy of NMIBC post-TURBT therefore aims to delay/prevent recurrence and/or progression to muscle-invasive bladder cancer. While intravesical chemotherapy, such as mitomycin C, and immunotherapy, such as bacillus Calmette-Guérin are well established, there is current interest in novel therapies based on improved molecular understanding of bladder cancer. These novel therapies include gene therapy, using viral and non-viral vectors for transfer, monoclonal antibodies and direct tumoricidal viruses. While there is a sound theoretical basis for these therapies based on molecular targeting, there is little evidence in human studies that these therapies have clinical impact on NMIBC. However, it is certain that their use will be investigated further and they provide great hope for the future of NMIBC adjuvant therapy.

Original publication

DOI

10.1586/era.09.106

Type

Journal article

Journal

Expert Rev Anticancer Ther

Publication Date

12/2009

Volume

9

Pages

1777 - 1782

Keywords

Animals, Antibodies, Monoclonal, Combined Modality Therapy, Disease Progression, Genetic Therapy, Humans, Neoplasm Invasiveness, Neoplasm Recurrence, Local, Neoplasm Staging, Oncolytic Virotherapy, Prognosis, Urinary Bladder Neoplasms