European Association of Urology Guidelines on Non-muscle-invasive Bladder Cancer (TaT1 and Carcinoma In Situ) - 2019 Update

Marko Babjuk, Maximilian Burger, Eva M. Compérat, Paolo Gontero, A. Hugh Mostafid, Joan Palou, Bas W.G. van Rhijn, Morgan Rouprêt, Shahrokh F. Shariat, Richard Sylvester, Richard Zigeuner, Otakar Capoun, Daniel Cohen, José Luis Dominguez Escrig, Virginia Hernández, Benoit Peyronnet, Thomas Seisen, Viktor Soukup

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    © 2019 Context: This overview presents the updated European Association of Urology (EAU) guidelines for non–muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC), TaT1, and carcinoma in situ (CIS). Objective: To provide practical recommendations on the clinical management of NMIBC with a focus on clinical presentation and recommendations. Evidence acquisition: A broad and comprehensive scoping exercise covering all areas of the NMIBC guidelines has been performed annually since the last published version in 2017. Databases covered by the search included Medline, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Libraries. Previous guidelines were updated, and the level of evidence and grade of recommendation were assigned. Evidence synthesis: Tumours staged as Ta, T1, and/or CIS are grouped under the heading of NMIBC. Diagnosis depends on cystoscopy and histological evaluation of the tissue obtained by transurethral resection (TURB) in papillary tumours or by multiple bladder biopsies in CIS. In papillary lesions, a complete TURB is essential for the patient's prognosis and correct diagnosis. Where the initial resection is incomplete, where there is no muscle in the specimen, or where a T1 tumour is detected, a second TURB should be performed within 2–6 wk. The risks of both recurrence and progression may be estimated for individual patients using the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) scoring system. Stratification of patients into low-, intermediate-, and high-risk groups is pivotal to the recommendation of adjuvant treatment. In patients with tumours presumed to be at a low risk and in those presumed to be at an intermediate risk with a low previous recurrence rate and an expected EORTC recurrence score of <5, one immediate chemotherapy instillation is recommended. Patients with intermediate-risk tumours should receive 1 yr of full-dose bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) intravesical immunotherapy or instillations of chemotherapy for a maximum of 1 yr. In patients with high-risk tumours, full-dose intravesical BCG for 1–3 yr is indicated. In patients at the highest risk of tumour progression, immediate radical cystectomy should be considered. Cystectomy is recommended in BCG-unresponsive tumours. The extended version of the guidelines is available at the EAU website: Conclusions: These abridged EAU guidelines present updated information on the diagnosis and treatment of NMIBC for incorporation into clinical practice. Patient summary: The European Association of Urology Non–muscle-invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC) Panel has released an updated version of their guidelines, which contains information on classification, risk factors, diagnosis, prognostic factors, and treatment of NMIBC. The recommendations are based on the current literature (until the end of 2018), with emphasis on high-level data from randomised clinical trials and meta-analyses. Stratification of patients into low-, intermediate-, and high-risk groups is essential for deciding appropriate use of adjuvant intravesical chemotherapy or bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) instillations. Surgical removal of the bladder should be considered in case of BCG-unresponsive tumours or in NMIBCs with the highest risk of progression.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)639-657
    JournalEuropean Urology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


    • Bacillus Calmette-Guérin
    • Bacillus Calmette-Guérin unresponsive
    • Bladder cancer
    • Cystoscopy
    • Diagnosis
    • European association of urology
    • Follow-up
    • Guidelines
    • Intravesical chemotherapy
    • Prognosis
    • Radical cystectomy
    • Transurethral resection
    • Urothelial carcinoma


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