Germline prognostic markers for urinary bladder cancer

Nadezda Lipunova

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisExternal prepared

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Non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) cases show high recurrence and progression rates, resulting in a substantial burden on patients and health systems. The evidence for genetic risk factors having a role in NMIBC susceptibility and prognosis make NMIBC a good candidate for personalised medicine approaches; however, multiple genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have primarily focused on NMIBC risk alone, even though investigating prognostic factors would arguably yield more benefit.
This project aimed to identify genetic variants of genome-wide significance that might be associated with certain NMIBC characteristics at diagnosis, and potential gene-environment interaction effects with smoking. Furthermore, it aimed to address the importance of replication in genetic association studies by utilising a resource of UK Biobank, whilst introducing a novel approach for identifying prognostic events from routinely collected data. In conclusion, the current thesis provides additional evidence to the field of bladder cancer genetics and suggests further research topics of interest that could lead to optimising NMIBC patients’ care.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Zeegers, Maurice, Supervisor
  • van Schooten, Frederik, Supervisor
  • Bryan, Richard T., Supervisor, External person
  • Wesselius, Anke, Co-Supervisor
  • Cazier, Jean-Baptiste, Co-Supervisor, External person
  • Cheng, K.K., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date12 Nov 2020
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • bladder cancer
  • germline
  • prognosis
  • GWAS
  • gene-environment interaction
  • UK Biobank


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