Grant ID RP160460
Awarded On November 19, 2015
Title High resolution imaging for early and better detection of bladder cancer
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Individual Investigator Research Awards for Prevention and Early Detection
Institution/Organization Rice University
Principal Investigator/Program Director Rebecca R Richards-Kortum
Cancer Sites Bladder
Contracted Amount $873,765
Lay Summary

Bladder cancer is the 6th most common cancer in the US. When detected early, bladder cancer can be treated successfully. Unfortunately, bladder cancer has a very high rate of recurrence, and as a result, is the most expensive cancer to treat. Bladder cancer is initially diagnosed during endoscopy. Because of the high risk of recurrence, patients who have been treated for bladder cancer undergo follow-up endoscopy every 3-6 months. Standard endoscopy has a number of shortcomings; some flat cancers are hard to visualize during endoscopy and are not detected at the earliest stage when they are most easily and effectively treated. At the same time, it is difficult for physicians to tell whet...

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