For patients with bladder cancer, a cystectomy, or the surgical removal of part of or the whole bladder, may be recommended. Surgeons most often recommend a cystectomy when the cancer has spread to the bladder wall, as in stage II and stage III cancer, or when other treatments have proved ineffective.
- Radical Cystectomy – In a radical cystectomy, the entire bladder, nearby lymph nodes and part of the urethra are typically removed. At Loma Linda University Medical Center, our surgeons can utilize robotic assisted surgery technology, thus offering a less invasive procedure while amplifying the level of precision we can offer our patients. After removing the bladder, the surgeon will create a urinary diversion. For some patients, this will include the creation of a new bladder from a portion of the colon or intestine that allows normal urination through the urethra.
- Partial Cystectomy – This procedure involves only removing part of the bladder, then following up the surgery with radiation and chemotherapy.
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