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What is a cystectomy and how can it treat bladder cancer?

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In this surgery, a doctor removes part of your bladder (a partial cystectomy) or all of it (a radical cystectomy).

If cancer has spread to your bladder’s muscle layer and is still small, your doctor may do a partial cystectomy. But when cancer has grown into the muscle of the bladder, most people need more extensive surgery.

If the cancer is large or has gone to more than one part of your bladder, your doctor will likely remove the whole organ and nearby lymph nodes. This is a radical cystectomy.

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

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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