Bladder Cancer: pivotal trial results and new real-world evidence, to be presented at AUA 2024, demonstrate improved diagnostic and clinical outcomes with blue light cystoscopy

Published: 30 April 2024Medical congresses & eventsMedical InformationPatient RegistriesReal World Evidence

Press Release – Oslo, Norway, April 30, 2024: Photocure ASA (OSE: PHO), the Bladder Cancer Company, announces its participation in the American Urological Association Annual Congress (AUA 2024) to be held May 3-6, 2024 in San Antonio, TX, USA.

Two AUA program highlights will feature Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview® study data:

  • On Sunday, May 5th, Dr. Sanjay Das will present the study, “Use of Blue Light Cystoscopy Among Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer Patients and Outcomes in an Equal Access setting: A Propensity Scored Matched Analysis
    The study, known as BRAVO (Bladder Cancer Recurrence Analysis in Veterans and Outcomes), is a retrospective, propensity score matched analysis that evaluated oncologic outcomes following BLC® compared to WLC alone in patients from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System.

    (PD48: Bladder Cancer: Non-invasive III,
    Sunday, May 5, 2024 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, room 304A)
  • Monday, May 6th, Poster presentation by Dr. Hailong Hu: “Blue Light Cystoscopy versus White Light Cystoscopy for the Detection of Bladder Cancer using modern HD 4K equipment: An Analysis of Pivotal Trial and Real-World Data”. This pooled meta-analysis includes data from a randomized clinical trial and a supporting real-world evidence study conducted in China.

    (MP71: Bladder Cancer: Non-invasive IV,
    Monday, May 6, 2024 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, room 302B)

AUA Congress attendees can meet the Photocure team on booth number 601 and gain hands-on experience in the blue light cystoscopy with Cysview procedure using the Saphira HD equipment.


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About Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer ranks as the 8th most common cancer worldwide – the 5th most common in men – with 1 949 000 prevalent cases (5-year prevalence rate)1a, 614 000 new cases and more than 220 000 deaths in 2022.1b
Approx. 75% of all bladder cancer cases occur in men.1 It has a high recurrence rate with up to 61% in year one and up to 78% over five years.2 Bladder cancer has the highest lifetime treatment costs per patient of all cancers.3
Bladder cancer is a costly, potentially progressive disease for which patients have to undergo multiple cystoscopies due to the high risk of recurrence. There is an urgent need to improve both the diagnosis and the management of bladder cancer for the benefit of patients and healthcare systems alike. 
Bladder cancer is classified into two types, non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) and muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC), depending on the depth of invasion in the bladder wall. NMIBC remains in the inner layer of cells lining the bladder. These cancers are the most common (75%) of all BC cases and include the subtypes Ta, carcinoma in situ (CIS) and T1 lesions. In MIBC the cancer has grown into deeper layers of the bladder wall. These cancers, including subtypes T2, T3 and T4, are more likely to spread and are harder to treat.4

1 Globocan. a) 5-year prevalence / b) incidence/mortality by population.  Available at:, accessed [February 2024]. 
2 Babjuk M, et al. Eur Urol. 2019; 76(5): 639-657
3 Sievert KD et al. World J Urol 2009;27:295–300
4 Bladder Cancer. American Cancer Society.


About Hexvix®/Cysview® (hexaminolevulinate HCl)

Hexvix/Cysview is a drug that preferentially accumulates in cancer cells in the bladder, making them glow bright pink during Blue Light Cystoscopy (BLC®). BLC with Hexvix/Cysview, compared to standard white light cystoscopy alone, improves the detection of tumors and leads to more complete resection, fewer residual tumors, and better management decisions.
Cysview is the tradename in the U.S. and Canada, Hexvix is the tradename in all other markets. Photocure is commercializing Cysview/Hexvix directly in the U.S. and Europe and has strategic partnerships for the commercialization of Hexvix/Cysview in China, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. Please refer to for further information on our commercial partners.

About Photocure ASA

Photocure: The Bladder Cancer Company delivers transformative solutions to improve the lives of bladder cancer patients. Our unique technology, making cancer cells glow bright pink, has led to better health outcomes for patients worldwide. Photocure is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: PHO). For more information, please visit us at,,

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