How Blue Light Can Help Detect Bladder Cancer

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One of the challenges in treating any disease is catching it early on. This is especially true for tumors and cancers. Cysview was developed with this in mind to help detect bladder cancer, particularly nonmuscle invasive papillary bladder cancer (NMIBC). Traditional procedures to diagnose bladder cancer, known as cystoscopies, involve placing a thin tube with a white light and lens up the urethra. The white light, however, can cause false negatives and false positives.

Cysview aims to change that by incorporating a new light. Cysview has two modes: only blue light and white light with supplementary blue light. Both methods help scientists have a better visualization of a person’s bladder and improve NMIBC and lesion detection. Dr. Gary Steinberg, Vice Chairman and Director of Urologic Oncology at the University of Chicago, compared the difference between regular cystoscopies and those done with Cysview to black and white televisions and high-definition color ones.

With increased knowledge about a person’s NMIBC, health officials can make better decisions for patients. Cysview can also expose more cancer during a Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor (TURBT), another operation which can detect tumors and also remove them. In addition, more efficient methods of detecting and treating NMIBC can lower the cost of treatment.

Currently, Cysview is not intended to replace other random bladder tests. It is, however, the only FDA approved item to be used with a blue-light cystoscopy. As technology improves, the number of uses for Cysview could increase. It also opens the door for similar procedures elsewhere in the body. Utilizing blue light could even help improve detection and treatment for other forms of cancer.

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