Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor are no longer included in the main BJUI journal, but we will continue to publish them on the BJUI website as an important part of the scientific debate.

Letters Policy

  • Letters to the editor will now published in electronic form on the journal website (www.bjuinternational.com), not in the journal itself. As such, letters are not submitted to PubMed for indexing.
  • Letters to the editor should be 500 words or less, preference is given to concise letters.
  • Writers are limited to one letter published on the website per month.
  • Letters must include full author contact details.
  • All letters will be peer-reviewed, and we reserve the right to reject letters, or to edit them if they are accepted.
  • If accepted, letters are sent to the authors of the paper being discussed, to give them the chance to make a response that will (if accepted) be published at the same time as the letter.
  • Letters will not be open for public comment; replies must be submitted by email to the Editorial Office for review.

Re: Comparative assessment of three standardized robotic surgery training methods

From simulation to reality: the path forward for the trainee robotic surgeon Sir, As a trainee, I was delighted to see the articles from Hung et al. [1] and Murphy et al. [2] in the BJUI. They both raised points which trainees encounter in today’s practice. With advances in urology, there are many obstacles facing trainees, most notably robotics. Few advancements related to robotic training methods have been made. Current training courses may be followed by clinical implementation or fellowships…

Prospective randomized double-blind multicenter phase II study comparing chemotherapy with gemcitabine and cisplatin plus sorafenib vs gemcitabine and cisplatin plus placebo in locally advanced and/or metastasized urothelial cancer – SUSE – (AUO-AB 31/05)

Sir, Krege et al. [1] report on the results of adding sorafenib to standard cisplatin and gemcitabine (CG) in first-line advanced urothelial cancer. Despite reporting on negative findings overall, the results should be discussed because of two major issues. Firstly, investigators are now asked to delineate the mechanisms behind the clinical benefit of specific targeted compounds, otherwise the probability of succeeding in identifying their add-on effect over what can be expected by standard…

Comparison of candidate scaffolds for tissue engineering for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse repair

Sir, In the Mangera et al. [1] study various natural and synthetic scaffold materials, potentially applicable for tissue engineering purposes, were carefully compared. Primarily these materials were investigated for their suitability, when seeded with cultured oral fibroblasts, as an in vivo tissue-engineering approach to treat, by restoring the pelvic floor tissue structure, women with pelvic organ prolapse or those with stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Two potential candidate biodegradable…

Inflammatory prognostic markers in clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC): preoperative C-reactive protein does not improve predictive accuracy

Sir, We read with great interest the paper by Bedke et al. [1], which showed that using C-reactive protein (CRP) as a biomarker, with 0.25mg/dL as a threshold, did not improve predictive accuracy in a clear-cell RCC model. In certain clinical settings where traditional variables, such as TNM stage, grading and performance status are assessed objectively, a prognostic model for clear-cell RCC consisting of such variables would be helpful, especially if it did not require additional variables such…

Single-stage preputial skin flap urethroplasty for long-segment urethral stricture: evaluation and determinants of success

Sir, We read the article by Mathur et al. [1] with interest, in which the authors advocate the use of preputial flap urethroplasty for long-segment urethral stricture. Some points in this article need clarification. The authors mention that the strictures were complex in nature; however, they fail to mention the criteria used for this classification. The sites of stricture also need explanation. How many strictures were extending into the membranous region and what was their aetiology? Also,…
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