International Journal of Clinical Oncology

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 477–481 | Cite as

Single monthly bacillus Calmette-Guérin intravesical instillation is effective maintenance therapy to prevent recurrence in Japanese patients with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer

  • Takehiko OkamuraEmail author
  • Hidetoshi Akita
  • Ryosuke Ando
  • Yosuke Ikegami
  • Taku Naiki
  • Noriyasu Kawai
  • Keiichi Tozawa
  • Kenjiro Kohri
Original Article



A series of bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) bladder instillations is the gold standard therapy to prevent recurrence after transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TUR-Bt) of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). However, in some cases the outcome is not optimal with the standard 6- to 8-week protocol and therefore interest has focused on additional maintenance therapy. The present study was conducted to assess the utility of single monthly intravesical instillation treatments for up to 1 year in Japanese patients.


A total of 75 stage Ta and T1 patients who had undergone TUR-Bt were retrospectively evaluated, all first receiving 80 mg BCG (Tokyo 172 strain) given once a week, 6–8 times, for primary prophylaxis. Comparison was then made of groups with (group A, 48 patients) and without (group B, 27 patients) additional maintenance BCG therapy given once a month 6–8 times.


Recurrence-free survival rates at 5 years in groups A and B were 83.0 and 51.9% (P = 0.006), despite the greater proportion of T1 patients and the longer follow-up period in the group A patients. Significant protection against recurrence persisted on multivariate analysis with adjustment for age, stage, grade, and tumor number.


These findings indicate maintenance BCG therapy of single intravesical instillations given once a month with our protocol to be definitely effective for prophylactic use, especially in stage Ta patients. Further evaluation of parameters such as the continuance period and dose protocol is warranted.


Bacillus Calmette-Guérin Non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer Intravesical instillation Maintenance therapy 


Conflict of interest

None declared.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takehiko Okamura
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hidetoshi Akita
    • 1
  • Ryosuke Ando
    • 1
  • Yosuke Ikegami
    • 2
  • Taku Naiki
    • 2
  • Noriyasu Kawai
    • 2
  • Keiichi Tozawa
    • 2
  • Kenjiro Kohri
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of UrologyJ.A. Aichi Anjo Kosei HospitalAnjoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Nephro-UrologyNagoya City University Graduate School of Medical SciencesNagoyaJapan

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