Bladder Cancer - Transurethral Surgery Experience

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What is transurethral surgery or TURBT for bladder cancer?

The initial surgical procedure that a patient undergoes after the diagnosis of bladder cancer is established is usually a transurethral resection of bladder tumor or "TURBT." It is done with the help of special instruments attached to a cystoscope (mentioned earlier in the section on investigations) and involves cutting out the tumor and removing it from the bladder with the help of an electrical cautery device. This surgery is done through the normal urinary passage and does not involve an external cut on the body. It is the initial treatment of bladder cancer as well as a staging procedure since the specimen retrieved from the surgery is sent to a pathologist who gives his/her inference on the depth of invasion of the tumor in the bladder wall (T stage) as well as the grade (high/low). Further treatment depends to a large extent on the findings of this initial surgery as well as the other staging investigations and is covered in the sections to follow.

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Comment from: lorrie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

First, my surgery was done in the operating room so the doctor could examine the ureters and use dye. I am allergic to the dye. After that, the tumors were removed in his office and then cauterized.

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