NEMG urologist first to use new bladder cancer treatment at Bridgeport Hospital

Bridgeport Hospital is the first in Fairfield County to use blue light cystoscopy with Cysview to help diagnose and treat bladder cancer that can potentially spread into surrounding muscle tissue.

The first physician to use the procedure at the hospital was Steven V. Kardos, MD, of Northeast Medical Group Urology in Fairfield. Dr. Kardos also advocated for the adoption of this advanced treatment because of its benefits to patient care.

“Bladder cancer has a high recurrence rate, making it one of the most expensive cancers to treat,” said Dr. Kardos. “The blue light cystoscopy is not only diagnostic but therapeutic as it allows the surgeon to find lesions that cannot be seen with the naked eye under traditional white light.”

Blue light cystoscopy with Cysview relies on a fluorescent imaging agent that makes rapidly multiplying cancer cells easier to see than with traditional white-light cystoscopy, which may overlook up to 20 percent of bladder tumors.

An estimated 73,000 new cases of bladder cancer are detected each year. It is the fourth most common cancer in men, and the ninth most common in women. Bladder cancer also has a high incidence of recurrence and progression into muscle.