A major breakthrough right here at home in the fight against cancer. There is new Blue Light Cystoscopy technology at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami, that can help doctors see tumors better, as well as, detect additional tumors that are often missed by standard detection exams.
Dr. Chad Ritch, urologist/oncologist at Sylvester, says this expertise is why they are the largest referral center for bladder cancer in South Florida.
He adds the flourescence enhanced Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview®, an optical imaging agent for the detection of bladder cancer, is the only FDA-approved imaging agent for use with photodynamic diagnosis/fluorescence enhanced cystoscopy.
The standard in detection of this type of cancer up until now has been white light cystoscopy to get a visual on suspicious lesions. However, when used on its own, harder-to-see tumors can often be missed. That is not the case with Blue Light Cystoscopy.
In the department of urology at the University of Miami, Dr. Ritch says they are "sort of the gatekeepers for early stage bladder cancer. So patients would seek a referral with an urologist at Sylvester and if it suspected that they have a bladder tumor, the doctors treating them would perform the Blue Light Cystoscopy at the same time of biopsy or resection of that tumor."
Bladder cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States.
You can call for more information 305-243-6630 or 243-6090 and ask for a referral to one of the oncologists at Sylvester Cancer Comprehensive Cancer Center.