This is a short book comprising 129 pages of text which I read in one afternoon. It provides a useful update on one of the most common malignancies encountered by urologists worldwide, which experienced urologists and trainees alike would benefit from. Recent years have seen significant advances in diagnostic techniques, minimally invasive therapies and even endoscopic resection techniques.
Novel technologies and new therapeutic agents are starting to make their way from research trials to clinical practice. The idea for the book arose from the success of the Global Congress on Bladder Cancer and indeed does read like a discussion between experts at a symposium in its multidisciplinary approach, with chapters dedicated to urology, pathology, oncology and preventative approaches. Each topic is explained clearly, well illustrated, and comprehensively referenced to the current evidence.
New advances such as microscopic imaging techniques, virtual cystoscopy, systemic immunotherapies and experimental conservative therapies are well covered. However, I would have liked more detail on the outcomes of reconstructive options following cystectomy, particularly quality of life and long-term outcomes. The hardcover version (this is also available as an eBook) is easy to hold and so can be taken anywhere to read. I also used the book to help with preparation of training slides, and it was perfect for that as a one-stop reference. I strongly recommend this book to everyone involved in the care of bladder cancer.