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How can surgery help treat bladder cancer?

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Transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT) is the most common surgery for bladder cancer that’s in the early stages. This procedure is done in a hospital, but you should be able to go home the same day or the next.

Your doctor will put an instrument called a resectoscope into your bladder through your urethra. That’s the tube that urine flows through when you go to the bathroom. The resectoscope has a wire loop at the end. Your doctor will use it to remove abnormal tissues or tumors. If you still have cancer after the tumor is removed, your doctor can destroy it using a laser and another tool called a cystoscope.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bladder Cancer Treatment,” “Bladder Cancer Surgery,” “Radiation Therapy for Bladder Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Bladder Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)” -- Patient Version.

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Bladder Cancer: Treatment Options.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 25, 2018

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bladder Cancer Treatment,” “Bladder Cancer Surgery,” “Radiation Therapy for Bladder Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Bladder Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)” -- Patient Version.

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Bladder Cancer: Treatment Options.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 25, 2018

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