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The safety and efficacy of front-firing green-light laser endoscopic en bloc photoselective vapo-enucleation of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer

Authors Cheng B, Qiu X, Li H, Yang G

Received 16 May 2017

Accepted for publication 28 June 2017

Published 11 August 2017 Volume 2017:13 Pages 983—988


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Deyun Wang

Bo Cheng,1,2 Xiaofu Qiu,1 Huanhui Li,1 Guosheng Yang1

1Department of Urology, Southern Medical University affiliated Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Urology, The Affiliated Hospital of Southwest Medical University, Luzhou, People’s Republic of China

Purpose: Laser therapy provides an alternative option for treating non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). However, the clinical evidence for potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP) laser en bloc resection is still limited. Here, we investigated the efficacy and safety of the 120-W front-firing KTP laser for the treatment of NMIBC.
Methods: A total of 64 patients with NMIBC treated with either a 120-W front-firing KTP-photoselective vapo-enucleation of the bladder tumor (PVEBT, n=34) or transurethral resection of the bladder tumor (TURBT, n=30) were included. En bloc resection was applied to the patients in PVEBT group.
Results: There was no significant difference in rinsing time (P=0.292), indwelling catheter (P=0.080), pathologic type, and T stage (P=0.870) between the two groups. Compared with the TURBT group, patients treated with PVEBT had a shorter hospitalization stay (P=0.044), a shorter operation time (P=0.008), and a lower muscle miss rate (P=0.044). PVEBT is superior to TURBT in terms of the rate of 1-year recurrence (P=0.015) and tumor grade progression rate (P=0.019).
Conclusion: The 120-W front-firing KTP laser en bloc enucleation technique is a safe and feasible procedure for treating patients with NMIBC. Further external validation in larger cohorts with a long follow-up period is warranted.

Keywords: bladder cancer, transurethral resection, en bloc, laser surgery, recurrence

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