Lasers in Medical Science

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 257–261 | Cite as

Practical clinical use of laser photodynamic therapy in the treatment of bladder carcinoma in situ

  • B. P. Shumaker
  • M. D. Lutz
  • G. P. Haas
  • F. Hetzel


Studies have shown that haematoporphyrin derivative (HPD) concentrates preferentially in dysplastic and neoplastic tissue, and that illumination of HPD-sensitized carcinoma with 632-nm wavelength light causes tumour destruction. We have treated 14 patients with bladder carcinoma in this way, who fit a rigid protocol, with follow-up ranging from 3–26 months. Eleven have shown no recurrence and two were considered partial responders who each showed recurrence at one year and were re-treated successfully. One patient had multiple tumours initially and responded to the point where he could be managed conventionally. One patient was lost to follow-up. Rigid patient selection and limited bladder distension reduce morbidity to transient irritative symptoms and to photosensitivity. Early clinical results have shown photodynamic therapy to be a safe and promising technique for the management of non-invasive bladder cancer in patients who are refractory to standard surgical and chemotherapeutic regimens.

Key words

Bladder carcinoma Dihaematoporphyrin ether Endocystoscopy Bladder biopsy Urine cytology 


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© Bailliére Tindall 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. P. Shumaker
    • 1
  • M. D. Lutz
    • 1
  • G. P. Haas
    • 1
  • F. Hetzel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of UrologyHenry Ford HospitalDetroitUSA

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