Bladder cancer is diagnosed in more than 50,000 patients each year. For many individuals battling bladder cancer, treatment in terms of surgery may be recommended with a full or partial cystectomy. A cystectomy is a bladder surgery procedure that removes all or a part of the urinary bladder. It is important to note that bladder cancer that is detected early can usually be treated with transuretheral surgery and chemotherapy. This will depend on the person’s age, the stage of cancer, and other factors. If the bladder cancer is in the latter stages, bladder surgery with a partial or full cystectomy will be considered. In men, the semen vessels and parts of the vas deferens may also be removed, while in a woman, the cervix, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and part of the vagina could be affected.
Following this specific bladder cancer treatment, once a person’s bladder is removed, the urologist will devise a new method so that urine can be collected. In some cases, the patient will be required to wear an external bag that is connected to a stoma (which is an opening through the abdominal wall connected to a tube that is connected to the ureters). This bag is worn under the clothes to conceal it while it handles urination collection. In some cases a continent reservoir can be created which will not require a bag.
To discuss bladder cancer treatment options available and a cystectomy, please contact the North Dallas Urology Associates today. To schedule an appointment at our Plano, Richardson and Frisco locations, call 972.612.8037. To schedule an appointment at our McKinney location, call 972.548.8195.