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How is transurethral resection (TUR) surgery for bladder cancer done?

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A transurethral resection is a surgery that takes samples of tissue from inside your bladder to find out if you have cancer there or if a tumor has spread. Your surgeon uses a thin tube called a cystoscope and pass it up through your urethra into your bladder.

The camera at the end of the tool shows the inside of your bladder. Your surgeon cuts out some tissue, and use heat to stop the bleeding. The tissue that’s taken out during the surgery will be looked at under a microscope in a lab to see if it’s cancer.

If your surgeon removed a cancerous tumor, they may put a liquid medication into your bladder to kill any leftover cancer cells.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bladder Cancer Surgery.”

Cancer Research UK: “Trans Urethral Removal of Bladder Tumour.”

University Hospital Southampton: “Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor Information for Patients.”

University of Cincinnati Cancer Center: “Treating Bladder Cancer: TUR (Transurethral Resection).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 22, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bladder Cancer Surgery.”

Cancer Research UK: “Trans Urethral Removal of Bladder Tumour.”

University Hospital Southampton: “Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor Information for Patients.”

University of Cincinnati Cancer Center: “Treating Bladder Cancer: TUR (Transurethral Resection).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 22, 2017

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