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LORENZO GOMEZ, M.F.. The role of tumor markers in office urology for screening, diagnosis and follow up of bladder cancer. Actas Urol Esp [online]. 2003, vol.27, n.2, pp.110-116. ISSN 0210-4806.

PURPOSE: Review the tumor markers for screening and diagnosis of transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. METHODS: The published literature on bladder cancer markers was identified using a MEDLINE search and critically analyzed. The sensitivity and specificity of the various markers were compared. RESULTS: Conventional non-invasive methods for diagnosis (symptoms and urine cytology) and for screening and follow-up of transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder are not very sensitive and must not be considered sufficient. Some tumor markers seem to be a good alternative to the routine urinary cytology. CONCLUSION: The role of tumor markers for screening and follow-up of bladder tumors as an alternative to cytology deserve consideration. In the future, more sensitive and specific markers may replace routine cystoscopy.

Keywords : Bladder; Tumor; Markers; Diagnosis; Screening.

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