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Possible new treatment for bladder cancer using a mycobacterium

from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona via Medical Xpress

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona researchers have found a mycobacterium that is more effective in treating superficial bladder cancer and does not cause infections, unlike those used up to now. Mycobacteria are the only bacteria used in cancer treatment. The administration of the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis, is the current treatment for superficial bladder cancer. It is inserted directly into the bladder through a catheter. BCG prevents new tumors from appearing, but despite its efficacy it has many adverse side effects, the most serious being BCG infections that need to be treated with antituberculous drugs. more

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