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Photodynamic guided treatment for bladder cancer

PHOTO is a multi-centre randomised trial comparing the intervention of PDD guided bladder tumour resection with standard white light resection in patients with newly diagnosed non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. Apart from initial treatment, both groups will receive standard care, including single dose intravesical mitomycin C, surveillance according to risk-adjusted schedules and adjuvant therapy as indicated by current practice guidelines.

Adults will be recruited from 30 NHS secondary care rapid access haematuria clinics following initial cystoscopy. The target number of patients to be recruited is 533 with a follow up period of at least 36 months for each individual. 

This study is funded by the NHS National Institute for Health Research Technology Assessment Programme (Project: 11/142/02)


COVID-19 Update

In response to COVID-19, the study team are working from home. We are continuing to keep in touch with the participants in the study. It may be that we are in touch with you by a different method than usual (for example we may telephone you to complete questionnaires, rather than send them by post). If you have any questions about the study, please get in touch on 01224 438134 (and leave a message) or email

You can also find information about COVID-19 from the NHS websites in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There is also information about COVID-19 on the UK government website.











General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Participant Information

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the sponsor for this study based in the United Kingdom. We will be using information from you and your medical records in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will keep identifiable information about you for up to 5 years after the study has finished.

Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

You can find out more about how we use your information at: