Posts Tagged ‘chronic disease’

A new method to diagnose bladder cancer urine sample

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

A new method to diagnose bladder cancer in urine samples by the screening of 14 genes. Powered by Puigvert Foundation and the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, in the near future will allow non-invasive techniques adopted to reduce the number of cystoscopy, a test that involves the exploration of the bladder through the urethra.

Those responsible for the urology department of both schools explained that the change with respect to other methods is a “different approach” that involves the pursuit of a “gene pool” and not a single specific marker. The results of the new technique, after seven years of research and an investment of one million euros from the biotechnology firm Fina Biotech, were published n the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

The method, which is currently valid in five centers-the Puigvert Clinic and Foundation in Barcelona, the Virgen del Rocio Hospital in Seville and the urology departments of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (Netherlands) and the Medical University of Vienna (Austria) – involves the collection of samples of one thousand patients. The process will be completed in September.

The application method will be effective “by 2013″, allowing a diagnosis of “no doubt” cheaper and with less inconvenience to patients, as currently required bladder cancer practice between 15 and 20 during cystoscopy five years, said the director of the Urology Clinic, Antonio Alcaraz. The service is responsible for it Puigvert Foundation, Antonio Villavicencio, explained that the bladder cancer becomes a “chronic disease”, since in half the cases once again on display, and that requires periodic review. That these reviews are not invasive, a urine test rather than introducing a camera through the urethra, will improve quality of life, he said.

The price of a cystoscopy is around 300 euros, while the new analysis does not exceed this amount according to current forecasts. Also expected to improve the diagnosis, through the possibility of advancing the same, especially the most aggressive tumors. Today, are diagnosed each year in Spain about 15,000 bladder cancers, of which about a third end in death. This is the seventh most common malignancy and the second most common genito-urinary tract, behind the prostate.

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