Sentinel nodes may predict high-risk bladder cancer

Uppsala, Sweden-If use of sentinel node detection in bladder cancer provesas successful as recent studies suggest, it will not be long before moleculartests on the sentinel tissues replace full histologic reports in stagingthis disease. That's the prediction of Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD, who hasbeen at work on a genetic-based cancer-detection test, but who thinks workthis year by a group in Sweden may portend a significant diagnostic toolfor bladder cancer: sentinel node analysis.