Bladder Cancer

Official Journal of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN)

Volume

8, 4 issues

Latest issue

8:2 online 3 June 2022

Next issue

8:3 scheduled for August 2022

Back volumes

From volume 1, 2015

ISSN print

2352-3727

ISSN online

2352-3735

Aims & Scope

Bladder Cancer is an international multidisciplinary journal aiming to facilitate progress in understanding the epidemiology, etiology, molecular genetics, pathogenesis, pathobiology and pharmacology of tumors of the bladder and upper urinary tract with the objective of improving diagnosis, treatment and survivorship in patients. The journal is directed primarily at researchers and clinicians working on these areas, with some content aimed at patients/patient advocates with these conditions. With this objective in mind, the journal publishes original research reports, systematic and regular reviews, short communications, and letters-to-the-editor in basic science, translational research and clinical medicine. The journal is committed to the highest ethical standards and best practices, and prospective authors are encouraged to consult the relevant author instructions and policies on the website at the time of submission as these are updated regularly to reflect changing guidelines.

Editorial Board

Editors-in-Chief

Seth P. Lerner, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
Scott Department of Urology, Houston, Texas
USA
Email: blc@iospress.com

(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD
Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
USA
Email: blc@iospress.com

(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Associate Editors for Reviews

Andrea B. Apolo, MD
National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville
USA
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment)

Georgios Gakis, MD, PhD
University Hospital Würzburg, Department of Urology, Würzburg
Germany
(Treatment)

Nathan Lawrentschuk, MD, PhD
University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery, Victoria
Australia
(Treatment)

Associate Editor of Challenging Cases in Urothelial Cancer

Mark S. Soloway, MD
Memorial Healthcare System, Aventura
USA
(Pathogenesis, Treatment)

Associate Editors of Clinical Trials Corner

Piyush K. Agarwal, MD
University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago
USA
(Pathogenesis, Pharmacology, Treatment)

Cora N. Sternberg, MD
San Camillo and Forlanini Hospitals, Medical Oncology, Roma
Italy
(Pathogenesis, Pharmacology, Treatment)

Editor of Paper Alert

Edward M. Messing, MD
University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Urology, Rochester
USA
(Treatment)

Associate Editors

Joaquim Bellmunt, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
USA

(Treatment)

David J. DeGraff, PhD
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Hershey
USA
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology)

Lars Dyrskjøt, PhD
Aarhus University, Department of Molecular Medicine, Aarhus
Denmark
(Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis)

Jason A. Efstathiou, MD, DPhil
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Radiation Oncology, Boston
USA
(Pathogenesis, Treatment)

Thomas Flaig, MD
University of Colorado, Division of Medical Oncology, Aurora
USA
(Treatment)

Donna Hansel, MD, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Portland
USA
(Pathogenesis, Pathology)

Arndt Hartmann, MD
University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institute of Pathology, Erlangen
Germany
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology)

Rebecca Johnson, MPH
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN), Bethesda
USA
(Patient-Centered Outcomes Research)

Anne Kiltie, MA, DM, DSc
Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
United Kingdom
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Treatment)

Yair Lotan, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Urology Clinic, Dallas
USA
(Pathogenesis, Treatment)

S. Bruce Malkowicz, MD
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
USA
(Treatment)

Surena F. Matin, MD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Urology, Division of Surgery, Houston
USA
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Treatment)

David McConkey, PhD
Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute and Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
USA
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis)

Matt Milowsky, MD
University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chapel Hill
USA
(Pathogenesis, Pharmacology, Treatment)

Valeria Panebianco, MD
University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Radiological Sciences, Oncology and Pathology, Rome
Italy
(Pathology, Diagnosis, Treatment)

Francisco X. Real, MD, PhD
CNIO (Spanish National Cancer Research Centre), Molecular Oncology Programme, Madrid
Spain
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis)

Bas W.G. van Rhijn, MD, PhD
Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Division of Surgical Oncology, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
(Pathogenesis, Pathology, Diagnosis)

Gottfrid Sjödahl, Ph.D.
Lund University, Department of Translational Medicine, Lund
Sweden

(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology)

Angela B. Smith, MD, MS, FACS
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Department of Urology, Chapel Hill
USA
(Etiology, Pathogenesis, Treatment)

George Thalmann, MD
University of Bern, Department of Urology, Bern
Switzerland
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Treatment)

Xue-Ru Wu, MD
New York University (NYU), Department of Urology/Pathology, New York
USA
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis)

Alexandre R. Zlotta, MD, PhD
Sinai Health System, Uro-Oncology, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Toronto
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Department of Surgical Oncology, Urology, Toronto 
Canada

(Treatment)

 

Social Media Associate Editor

Bishoy M. Faltas, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine, New York
USA
(Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Treatment)

Assistant Social Media Editor

Kyrillus Shohdy, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine, New York
USA
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Treatment)

Editorial Board

Cory Abate-Shen, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, New York
USA
(Etiology, Molecular Genetics)

Phillip Abbosh, MD, PhD
Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University Hospital, Molecular Therapeutics, Philadelphia
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Hikmat Al-Ahmadie, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Pathology, New York
USA
(Epidemiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology)

Marko Babjuk, MD
Motol University Hospital and 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Department of Urology, Prague, Czech Republic
USA
(Treatment)

Rick Bangs, MBA, PMP, Patient Advocate, Pittsford
USA
(Survivorship)

Trinity Bivalacqua, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Department of Urology, Surgery and Oncology, Baltimore
USA
(Pathology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Peter Black, MD
University of British Columbia, Department of Urology, Vancouver
Canada
(Pathology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Bernard Bochner, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Urology, Surgery and Oncology, New York
USA
(Pathology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

James Catto, MD, PhD
The University of Sheffield, Academic Urology Unit, Sheffield
United Kingdom
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)
    
Karim Chamie, MD
University of California Los Angeles, Department of Urology, Los Angeles
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Keith Syson Chan, MD
Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Academic Pathology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
USA
(Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology, Pharmacology)

Sam S. Chang, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Urology, Nashville
USA
(Pathology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Liang Cheng, MD
Indiana University, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Indianapolis
USA
(Molecular Genetics, Pathology, Diagnosis)

Bogdan Czerniak, MD, PhD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Pathology, Houston
USA
(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology)

Garrett M. Dancik, PhD
Eastern Connecticut State University, Department of Computer Science, Willimantic
USA
(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics)

Siamak Daneshmand, MD
University of Southern California, Department of Urology, Los Angeles
USA
(Pathology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)
    
Ian D. Davis, MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, FAChPM
Monash University and Eastern Health, Eastern Health Clinical School, Box Hill
Australia
(Molecular Genetics, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Colin P.N. Dinney, MD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Urology, Houston
USA
(Pathogenesis, Pathology, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Matthew Galsky, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Tisch Cancer Institute, New York
USA
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Scott M. Gilbert, MD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Department of Urology, Tampa
USA
(Pathology, Treatment, Survivorship)

Peter J. Goebell, MD, PhD
Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Department of Urology, Erlangen
Germany
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

John Gore, MD
University of Washington, Department of Urology, Seattle
USA
(Treatment)

Christian Gratzke, MD
University Hospital Freiburg, Department of Urology, Freiburg, Germany
(Diagnosis, Treatment)

Sounak Gupta, MBBS, PhD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester
USA
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology)

Noah Hahn, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Oncology and Urology, Baltimore
USA
(Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Richard Hautmann, MD
Universität Ulm, Department of Urology, Ulm, Germany
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Jean Heather Hoffman-Censits, MD
Johns Hopkins University
USA
(Treatment)

Jer-Tsong Hsieh, PhD
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Urology, Dallas
USA
(Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology)

Molly A. Ingersoll, PhD
Institut Pasteur, Department of Immunology, Paris
France
(Pathogenesis, Pathology, Pharmacology, Treatment)
    
Ashish M. Kamat, MD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Urology, Division of Surgery, Houston
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Lawrence Karsh, MD, FACS
The Urology Center of Colorado, Department of Clinical Research, Denver
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Wassim Kassouf, MD
McGill University Health Center, Department of Urology, Montreal
Canada
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)
    
Lambertus (Bart) Kiemeney, PhD
Radboud University Medical Center, Department of Health Evidence, Nijmegen
The Netherlands
(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathology, Pharmacology)

William Kim, MD
University of North Carolina, Department of Medicine, Chapel Hill
USA
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)
    
Deborah W. Knapp, DVM
Purdue University, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, West Lafayette
USA
(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology, Pharmacology)
    
Margaret Knowles, PhD
Leeds Institute of Cancer & Pathology, Department of Experimental Oncology, Leeds
United Kingdom
(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology)
    
Badrinath Konety, MD
University of Minnesota, Department of Urology, Minneapolis
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)
    
David J. Kwiatkowski, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Department of Medicine, Boston
USA
(Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Diagnosis)

Donald Lamm, MD
University of Arizona, Department of Surgery, Phoenix
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Nathan Lawrentschuk, MD, PhD
University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery, Victoria
Australia
(Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Cheryl Lee, MD
University of Michigan Hospitals, Cancer & Geriatrics Ctr, Ann Arbor
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Vinata Lokeshwar, PhD
Augusta University Medical College of Georgia, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Augusta
USA
(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology, Pharmacology)
    
Nuria Malats, MD
CNIO (Spanish National Cancer Research Centre), Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Group, Madrid
Spain
(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology)

Kazumasa Matsumoto, MD
Kitasato University, Department of Urology, Kanagawa
Japan
(Treatment)

James McKiernan, MD
Columbia University, Department of Urology, New York
USA
(Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Reza Mehrazin, MD
The Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Urology, New York
USA
(Treatment)

Maxwell Meng, MD
University of California San Francisco, Department of Urology, San Francisco
USA
(Pathogenesis, Treatment)

Timur Mitin, MD, PhD
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland
USA
(Treatment)

Anirban P. Mitra, MD, PhD
University of Southern California, Institute of Urology, Los Angeles
USA
(Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Ofer Nativ, MD
Bnai Zion Medical Center, Department of Urology, Haifa
Israel
(Treatment)

Roman Nawroth, PhD
Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University of Munich, Department of Urology, Munich
Germany
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pharmacology, Treatment)

Matthew Nielsen, MD, UNC School of Medicine, Department of Urology, Chapel Hill
USA
(Treatment)

Hiroyuki Nishiyama, MD, PhD
University of Tsukuba, Department of Urology, Tsukuba
Japan
(Treatment)

Michael A. O'Donnell, MD
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Department of Urology, Iowa City
USA
(Etiology, Pathogenesis, Pathology, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Joan Palou Redorta, MD, PhD
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Fundació Puigvert, Department of Urology, Barcelona
Spain
(Treatment)
    
Dan Petrylak, MD
Yale University, Department of Medical Oncology, New Haven
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Elizabeth R. Plimack, MD
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Department of Hematology/Oncology, Philadelphia
USA
(Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Kamal Pohar, MD
Ohio State University, Department of Urology, Columbus
USA
(Treatment)

Michael P. Porter, MD
University of Washington, Department of Urology, Seattle
USA
(Epidemiology, Treatment)

Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson, PhD
National Cancer Institute, Laboratory of Translational Genomics, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Bethesda
USA
(Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis)

Sarah P. Psutka
University of Washington, Seattle
USA
(Etiology, Treatment)

Nagireddy Putluri, Ph.D
Baylor College of Medicine, Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Houston
USA
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Diagnosis)

François Radvanyi, PhD
Institut Curie - UMR 144 - CNRS, Department of Cell Biology and Cancer, Paris
France
(Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathology)

Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD
Levine Cancer Institute, Atrium Health, Charlotte
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Leonardo O. Reis, MD, MSc, PhD
University of Campinas, Sao Paulo
Brazil
(Treatment)

Cyrill Rentsch, MD, PhD
University Hospital Basel, Division of Urology, Basel
Switzerland
(Pathology, Diagnosis, Treatment)

Jonathan Rosenberg, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Medical Oncology, New York
USA
(Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Arthur I. Sagalowsky, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Urology, Dallas
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Maria De Santis, MD
Charité University Hospital, Interdisciplinary GU Oncology, Department of Urology, Berlin
Germany
(Treatment)

Marta Sánchez-Carbayo, PhD
University of the Basque Country, Department of Cancer Research, Bilbao
Spain
(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology)
    
Bernd J. Schmitz-Dräger, MD, PhD
Friedrich-Alexander University, Department of Urology and Pediatric Urology, Erlangen
Germany
(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology)

Mark P. Schoenberg, MD
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine & The Montefiore Medical Center, Department of Urology, New York
USA
(Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

John P. Sfakianos, MD
Urologic Oncology, Department of Urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
USA
(Pathogenesis, Treatment)

Shahrokh F. Shariat, MD, PhD
Medical University Vienna, Department of Urology, Vienna
Austria
(Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Eila C. Skinner, MD
Stanford University, Department of Urology, Stanford, USA
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Steven Christopher Smith, MD, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine, Richmond, USA
USA
(Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, pathology, Diagnosis, Treatment)

Gary Steinberg, MD
NYU Langone Health, Department of Urology, New York
USA
(Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Arnulf Stenzl, MD
Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Department of Urology, Tübingen
Germany
(Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Seth Strope, MD
Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, Jacksonville, Florida
USA
(Treatment)

Hyun Hwan Sung, MD, PhD
Samsung Medical Center, Department of Urology, Seoul
Korea
(Treatment)

Robert Svatek, MD, MSCI
UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Department of Urology, San Antonio
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

John A. Taylor, III, MD, MS
University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Urology, Kansas City
USA
(Pharmacology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Jennifer M. Taylor, MD, MPH
Baylor College of Medicine/DeBakey VAMC, Houston
USA
(Diagnosis, Treatment, Survivorship)

Antonia Vlahou, PhD
Biomedical Research Foundation Academy of Athens, Department of Systems Biology, Athens
Greece
(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology)

J. Alfred Witjes, MD, PhD
Radboud University Nijmegen, Department of Urology, Nijmegen
The Netherlands
(Etiology, Molecular Genetics, Pathogenesis, Pathology, Pharmacology)

Diane Zipursky Quale, BA, JD
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN), Bethesda
USA
(Survivorship)

Statistical and Bioinformatics Editorial Board

Michael C. Sachs, PhD
Karolinska Institute, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Stockholm
Sweden
(Epidemiology)

Richard Sylvester, ScD
EORTC, Brussels
Belgium
(Epidemiology, Etiology, Molecular Genetics)

Jeremy Taylor, PhD
University of Michigan, Department of Biostatistics, Ann Arbor
USA
(Epidemiology)

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New Associate Editor for Reviews: As of March 2021, we are pleased to announce that Editorial Board member Andrea Apolo has been promoted to become Associate Editor for Reviews, alongside Georgios Gakis and Nathan Lawrentschuk. The previous editor Matt Galsky steps down and the Editors-in-Chief thank him for his many contributions to the journal.

Science Citation Index-Expanded: As of Sep 2019, Bladder Cancer is covered in the Science Citation Index-Expanded category in the Web of Science, which will provide greater discoverability for BLC articles leading to measurable citations and the journal’s first impact factor. 

Bladder Cancer on Twitter: You can follow us on Twitter at @BladderCaJrnl – Bishoy Faltas runs the account as our social media editor, sharing our journal content and news of interest to the bladder cancer research community. The assistant social media editor is Kyrillus Shohdy.  

Emerging Sources Citation Index: As of Mar 2018, Bladder Cancer is covered in the Emerging Sources Citation Index in the Web of Science.

BCAN Partnership: In Jan 2018, a new partnership was announced between the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (bcan.org) and our journal Bladder Cancer – which, as of Vol.4, Iss.1, is the official journal of BCAN. Read more at: tiny.cc/BLC_PR.
 

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Bladder Cancer operates a rigorous, timely, blinded peer review process (single blind by default, with an option for double-blind if requested) by experts in the field. This means that the identity of the authors is known to the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors. 

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The Editors-in-Chief strive to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months from submission to final determination of status.

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The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

 

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Role of Chromatin Modifying Complexes and Therapeutic Opportunities in Bladder Cancer
Lauren Folgosa Cooley, Khyati Meghani, Andrea Piunti, Joshua J. Meeks

Reduced Dose Intravesical Bacillus Calmette-Guérin: Why It Might Not Matter
Niyati Lobo, Ashish M. Kamat, Seth P. Lerner, Roger Li, Justin T. Matulay, Joan Palou, J. Alfred Witjes, Morgan Rouprêt, Angela B. Smith, Sam S. Chang, Neal D. Shore, Gary D. Steinberg, Colin P. Dinney, Robert S. Svatek, Donald L. Lamm

Head-to-Head Comparison between High-Resolution Microultrasound Imaging and Multiparametric MRI in Detecting and Local Staging of Bladder Cancer: The BUS-MISS Protocol
Giovanni Lughezzani, Pietro Diana, Alberto Saita, Alessandro Uleri, Nicola Frego, Roberto Contieri, Nicolomaria Buffi, Luca Balzarini, Federico D’Orazio, Colombo Piergiuseppe, Maria Grazia Elefante, Massimo Lazzeri, Giorgio Guazzoni, Paolo Casale, Rodolfo Hurle

Association between Smoking and Overall and Specific Mortality in Patients with Bladder Cancer: A Population-based Study
Wen-Hsin Tseng, Chung-Han Ho, Steven K. Huang, Chien-Liang Liu, Yu-Cih Wu, Allen W. Chiu, Khaa Hoo Ong

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Bladder Cancer Care in the Netherlands
Lambertus A. Kiemeney, Lisa M.C. van Hoogstraten, Richard P. Meijer, Geert J.L.H. van Leenders, Ben G.L. Vanneste, Luca Incrocci, Tineke J. Smilde, Sabine Siesling, J. Alfred Witjes, Katja K.H. Aben,

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