Biotechnology cancer Cancer screening

Organ-sparing treatments effective for bladder cancer; Brachytherapy cost-effective treatment for prostate cancer

Traditionally, treatment for muscle-invasive bladder cancer is chemotherapy followed by the removal of the patient’s entire bladder, known as a radical cystectomy. However, Beaumont researchers have data suggesting that treatment consisting of limited surgery followed by combination chemotherapy and radiation is just as effective, while allowing patients to keep their bladder and maintain function. “This is a big deal. No one wants their bladder removed,” said Craig Stevens, M.D., Ph.D., chairman,
Surgery

Robotic Surgery as Effective as Open Surgery for Bladder Cancer

Robotic surgery is as effective as traditional open surgery in treating bladder cancer, according to a landmark study published in the journal Lancet. Three Loyola Medicine urologists, Marcus Quek, MD, Gopal Gupta, MD, and Alex Gorbonos, MD, are co-authors of the study. First author is Dipen Parekh, MD, of the University of Miami. Loyola is among 15 centers that participated in the nationwide trial of 350 patients, who were randomly assigned to undergo robotic