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Bladder Tumors:
Molecular Aspects and Clinical Management
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Bladder cancer is a common cancer of the urinary tract. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death among men and the seventh among women. Clinical management of bladder cancer is challenging because of the heterogeneity among bladder tumors with respect to invasion and metastasis, frequent occurrence of new tumors in the bladder among patients treated with bladder preservation treatments and poor prognosis of patients with tumors that invade the bladder muscle and beyond. Due to these factors it has been said that the cost per patient of bladder cancer, from diagnosis to death is the highest of all cancers. In addition to it being a significant health problem, bladder cancer is an interesting cancer to study in many ways than one. For example, Environmental factors such as cigarette smoking and other carcinogens play a major role in the development of transitional carcinoma of the bladder, whereas, schitosomasis, a protozoan infection results in squamous cell carcinoma of the bladder. Different molecular pathways with distinct molecular signatures appear to be involved in the development of low-grade versus high-grade bladder tumors. Currently being monitored by an invasive endoscopic procedure, cystectomy, with urine cytology as an adjunct, bladder cancer is at the forefront of developing cancer biomarkers for non-invasive detection. Due to the differences in the invasive and metastatic potential of bladder tumors, treatment options differ depending upon tumor grade and stage. New advances are being made in treatment options to improve the outcome and quality of life for patients with bladder cancer. Similarly, new molecular nomograms are being discovered to predict treatment outcome so that individualized treatment options can be offered to patients.


This new text book on bladder cancer gives both the clinicians and laboratory investigators state-of-the art information on basic science and clinical aspects of bladder cancer.

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Clinical management of bladder cancer is challenging of the heterogeneity among bladder tumors with respect to invasion and metastasis, and frequent occurrence of new tumors in the bladder among patients treated with bladder preservation treatments. Treatment of bladder cancer spans from tumor resection and intravesical treatment, to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, radical surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy. At the same time, bladder cancer is also at the forefront of biomarker development because of the ease of developing noninvasive urine tests. The features of environment-driven carcinogenesis and divergent molecular pathways in the development of low- and high-grade tumors provide a unique opportunity for advance molecular research in cancer biology. Bladder Tumors: Molecular Aspects and Clinical Management is a collection of comprehensive reviews on the state-of-the art basic science research and clinical management of bladder cancer. The book progresses from epidemiology of bladder cancer, molecular basis of bladder carcinogenesis, to standard and molecular aspects of bladder cancer diagnosis and prognosis, and also includes various treatment aspects of both non muscle invasive and muscle invasive bladder cancer.

The book features:

• Epidemiology, bladder carcinogenesis and divergent molecular pathways of bladder cancer development.
• Pathology of bladder tumors, cystoscopy, cytology and newer techniques of bladder cancer diagnosis.
• Molecular basis, efficacy and economics of diagnostic and prognostic markers for bladder cancer, with an added feature of recent inventions of molecular nomongrams.
• Clinical management of low-grade and non muscle invasive bladder tumors.
• Intravesical chemotherapy versus immune (BCG) therapy.
• Clinical management of patients with muscle invasive bladder cancer, including neoadjuvant therapy, various aspects of cystectomy including urinary diversion and recent advances such as laproscopic cystectomy
• Adjuvant chemotherapy for metastatic bladder cancer and management of upper track tumors
• Non-transitional cell carcinoma tumors.

The book is truly an international effort to bring the latest development in bladder cancer to the readers. The contributing authors, leaders in their respective areas of expertise-related to bladder cancer, were assembled from different parts of the world. Since the editorial team of the book consists of a translational researcher (Vinata B. Lokeshwar) and practicing urologists with expertise in clinical research (Stefan Hautmann and Axel S. Merseburger), it the Editors’ intent to promote an ongoing dialog among researchers and urologists to help reduce morbidity, mortality associated with bladder cancer, while improving the quality of life for patients.


1. Epidemiology of Bladder Cancer, Maria Ribal
2. Bladder Carcinogenesis and Molecular Pathways, Vinata Lokeshwar
3. Pathology of Bladder Tumors, Arndt Hartmann
4. Bladder cancer diagnosis and detection, Fred Witjes
5. Urine Cytology, DNA Ploidy and current approaches, Eva Wojick
6. Molecular signatures of bladder cancer, Getzenberg
7. Economics of bladder cancer diagnosis and surveillance, Yair Lotan
8. Prognostic Markers for bladder cancer, Habuchi
9. Molecular Nomograms for predicting prognosis and treatment response, Theodorescu
10. Practical Approaches to the Management of Superficial Bladder Cancer, Levy and Jones
11. Clinical management of Low-grade bladder tumors, Oosterlink
12. Treatment of Low-grade tumors, Allaparthi and Balaji
13. Intravesical Chemotherapy, Soloway
14. Intravesical Immunotherapy: BCG, G. Hemstreet
15. Cystectomy for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, Axel Merseburger
16. Radical surgery, Juergen Gschwend
17. Urinary Diversion, Stefan Hautmann
18. Laparoscopic cystectomy, Hubert John
19. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy, Amir Sherif
20. Upper tract tumors: Diagnosis and Treatment, Mesut Remzi
21. Chemotherapy for metastatic bladder cancer, Maria De Santis
22. Non-TCC tumors: Diagnosis and treatment, Hassan Abol-Enein


ISBN-13: 9781607619277
Publisher: Springer (Humana Press)
Publication date: December, 2010
Pages: 355
Weight: 883g
Availability: POD
Subcategories: Oncology, Pharmacology, Urology
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From the reviews:

“In this comprehensive review of all aspects of bladder cancer, 22 chapters are written by an international mix of clinicians and basic scientists. … This book is designed to be helpful to both clinicians and basic scientists. … The book accomplishes its goal as a broad but concise overview of all aspects of bladder cancer. … this is an effective textbook for a variety of audiences.” (Edouard Trabulsi, Doody’s Review Service, July, 2011)

“Editors Vinata Lokeshwar, Axel Merseburger and Stefan Hautmann and 40 contributors, all worldwide experts, collaborated on this textbook dedicated to various aspects of bladder cancer. The aim was to provide the reader with exhaustive information on current advances in all fields of bladder cancer. … This excellent textbook covers all topics related to bladder cancers and the authors reached their ambitious objective. All physicians and researchers involved in bladder cancer will be grateful to the authors for this useful reference.” (European Urology Today, July/August, 2011)