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What is transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT) surgery?

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

A doctor will put an instrument called a resectoscope into your bladder through your urethra, the tube that urine leaves your body through. The doctor will use it to remove abnormal tissues or tumors. If you still have cancer afterward, your doctor can destroy it with a laser and a 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 Michael W. Smith on September 4, 2020

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 Michael W. Smith on September 4, 2020

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