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Collaborative Bladder Cancer Guidelines Released

Monday, August 14, 2017
Bladder cancer is uncommon, and is more often diagnosed at an advanced stage because it has symptoms that mimic other disorders.

This is especially true in women. They tend to have delayed diagnosis of muscle-invasive bladder cancer because its symptoms—blood in the urine, frequent urination, and pain or burning sensation during urination—are often mistaken for gynecological problems.

In August 2017, the American Urological Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society for Radiation Oncology, and the Society of Urologic Oncology formulated evidence-based guidelines and related materials for management of patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer.

The guidelines include patient assessment, components of a staging evaluation for bladder cancer, and collaboration with a genitourinary pathologist for a pathology review when variant histology is present.

Treatment approaches include neoadjuvant/adjuvant chemotherapy, radical cystectomy, pelvic lymphadenectomy, and bladder preservation techniques. The guidelines also include patient surveillance and follow-up recommendations.

A 5-page summary of the recommendations is available at

 Patient information is available on ASCO’s patient-oriented website, Cancer.Net.

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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN is an oncology nursing consultant and editor-in-chief of Oncology Nursing News.
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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, is the Editor-in-Chief for OncLive Nursing. She is an oncology nursing consultant and adjunct assistant professor of nursing at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She provides continuing nursing education to nurses across the Unites States, is active in several professional nursing organizations, and is intrigued by the many ways nurses use technology to communicate.
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