What is a blue light cystoscopy?
Cystoscopy involved visual inspection of the bladder lining using a telescope, usually to diagnose or rule out bladder cancer. Until recently normal ‘white’ light was used. However, we now know that some bladder cancers are missed by ‘white light’ cystoscopy. A new technique called blue light cystoscopy shows bladder cancers much more clearly.
How does it work?
A drug called Hexvix is instilled into the bladder using a catheter about an hour before the patient undergoes cystoscopy. Hexvix is taken up by bladder cancer cells and during the operation a special ‘blue light’ is shone into the bladder. The blue light causes bladder cancers to fluoresce bright pink, making them much easier to see and remove.
What are the benefits?
There is good evidence that using ‘blue light’ cystoscopy allows the detection of more bladder cancers resulting in more effective treatment. This in turns means that patients get fewer cancer recurrences.
How safe is the treatment?
Blue light cystoscopy has been available for 5 years and is extremely safe with no major complications.
Paying for your operation
Cystoscopy (blue light) costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.
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