Expression profiling for bladder cancer: strategies to uncover prognostic factors

Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2010 Dec;10(12):1945-54. doi: 10.1586/era.10.131.


Despite being a common cancer worldwide, management of transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder currently relies primarily on clinical staging and histopathologic parameters. Assaying alterations in molecular pathways can contribute valuable information that can accurately predict outcome and chemotherapeutic response in individual patients with bladder cancer. Medium- to high-throughput gene-expression profiling technologies are now allowing multiplexed assessment of alterations responsible for the genesis and progression of bladder tumors. These investigations employ global or pathway-based approaches to define molecular signatures that can predict prognosis independent of traditional clinical performance metrics. Prognostic panels generated using these strategies can also elucidate the biology of tumor progression and identify potential therapeutic targets.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Transitional Cell / genetics*
  • Carcinoma, Transitional Cell / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Transitional Cell / therapy
  • Gene Expression Profiling / methods
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic*
  • High-Throughput Screening Assays
  • Humans
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Prognosis
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / pathology
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / therapy