Blue Light Cystoscopy (BLC™) with Cysview® featured in UroToday

Published: 23 October 2017

The article, “TURBT More Important Than Ever”, focuses on risk stratification, the importance of a complete TURBT, and the role that BLC™ with Cysview® has in improving bladder tumor detection and reducing the rate of recurrence as recommended in the AUA/SUO Guidelines.

The article is written by Dr. Ashish Kamat MBBS, FACS from The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Kamal Pohar from Ohio State University & The James Comprehensive Cancer Center. The article can be found via the following link:

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About Hexvix®/Cysview®

Hexvix® is a drug that is taken up selectively by cancer cells in the bladder making them glow bright pink during Blue Light Cystoscopy (BLC). BLC with Hexvix® improves the detection of tumors and leads to more complete resection, less residual tumors and better management decisions.

Hexvix® is the tradename in Europe, Cysview® in the US and Canada. Hexvix® is marketed and sold by Photocure in the Nordic countries and in the US with the trade name Cysview®. Photocure has a strategic partnership with Ipsen for the commercialization of Hexvix® in Europe, excluding the Nordic region. Please refer to with-Photocure/Our-partners for further information on our commercial partners.

About Bladder Cancer

There are 167 000 new cases of bladder cancer in Europe and more than 59 000 deaths from the disease annually. 79% of all bladder cancer cases occur in men(1). It has a high recurrence rate with an average of 61% in year one and 78% over five years, making the lifetime costs of managing bladder cancer one of the highest amongst all. Bladder cancer is a costly, potentially progressive disease for which patients have to undergo multiple cystoscopies due to the high risk of recurrence(2). A paper on the economic burden of bladder cancer across the European Union estimates that bladder cancer cost the EU 4.9 Billion Euro in 2012 (3).

Bladder cancer is a costly, potentially progressive disease for which patients have to undergo multiple cystoscopies due to the high risk of recurrence. There is an urgent need to improve both the diagnosis and the management of bladder cancer for the benefit of patients and healthcare systems alike.
Bladder cancer is classified into two types, non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) and muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC), depending on the depth of invasion in the bladder wall.4 NMIBC is still in the inner layer of cells. These cancers are the most common (75%) of all BC cases and include the subtypes Ta, carcinoma in situ (CIS) and T1 lesions. MIBC is when the cancer has grown into deeper layers of the bladder wall. These cancers, including subtypes T2, T3 and T4, are more likely to spread and are harder to treat (5).


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