New hope for bladder cancer patients

Identification of urinary biomarkers for bladder cancer.

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Our role

The Urology Foundation-funded research led to a simple urine test for bladder cancer that could save lives, spare patients an invasive procedure and also save the NHS millions of pounds.


What the research involved

Developed by researchers at University College London, the UroMark urine test can detect bladder cancer in 98% of cases, examining 150 markers instead of the usual two or three.

At present, people suspected of having bladder cancer undergo an invasive procedure called a cystoscopy. It is estimated that UroMark could save the NHS about £25 million a year by avoiding unnecessary cystoscopies.


What this means

“This is the first test to diagnose bladder cancer with a high degree of accuracy, and so is a game-changer in terms of cost to the NHS, patient costs and reducing the number of patients going to hospital,” said Dr Andy Feber, who is part of the team developing UroMark.

“The Urology Foundation has been tremendously supportive, providing funding for this project and other bladder cancer projects too. We are grateful to The Urology Foundation for playing a critical and important role in this project.”


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