When searching for bladder cancer surgeons, one of the best indicators to look at is a surgeon’s level of experience. Moffitt Cancer Center, located close to St. Petersburg, Florida, in Tampa, is a high-volume cancer center, and our surgeons regularly perform advanced surgical procedures to treat patients with bladder cancer. This means our surgeons possess a level of expertise that is unsurpassed by most other providers and contributes to high survival rates and improved quality of life for our patients.
At Moffitt, our bladder cancer surgeons collaborate with other cancer specialists in regular tumor board meetings. This multispecialty team gives each patient’s case individual attention to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to the needs of the patient. The tumor board includes a team of radiation oncologists, urologic oncologists and medical oncologists. Surgery is often part of a patient’s treatment plan, and our bladder cancer surgeons are experienced in many different types of surgery, including:
- Transurethral surgery (TUR)
- Segmental cystectomy
- Radical cystectomy with lymph node dissection
- Reconstructive surgery
The tumor board can determine which type of surgery is most appropriate for the patient, based on the size, location and stage of the bladder cancer, among other factors. In addition to surgery and other standard treatment options, Moffitt patients also have the option of participating in a clinical trial, which may provide them with access to the latest advances in bladder cancer treatment before they are available elsewhere. Because our bladder cancer specialists are dedicated to advancing research through our robust clinical trial program, Moffitt has earned the designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute and is the only such cancer center based in Florida. Patients traveling from St. Petersburg, FL, have convenient access to our clinical trials, treatment services and cancer specialists under the same roof, sparing them the hassle of driving to different locations around town to receive the treatment and care they need.
Patients from St. Petersburg, FL, are welcome to discuss the treatment options that are best for them with one of our bladder cancer surgeons. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online to schedule an appointment. Moffitt does not require referrals from new patients.