World Journal of Urology

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 84–88

Natural history of superficial bladder tumors: 10- to 20-year follow-up of treated patients

  • Harry W. Herr

DOI: 10.1007/BF02201977

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Herr, H.W. World J Urol (1997) 15: 84. doi:10.1007/BF02201977


Superficial bladder tumors (Ta, T1, Tis) account for 80% of primary bladder cancers. Transurethral resection and intravesical therapy are successful in controlling the majority of these tumors for up to 5 years. However, patients with multiple or recurrent Ta, T1 and Tis bladder cancer have a lifelong risk of developing stage progression and upper tract tumors. One-half are at risk of having cystectomy eventually and one-third are at risk over a 15-20 year period of dying of bladder cancer.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry W. Herr
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  1. 1.Urology Service, Department of SurgeryMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA