When considering bladder cancer surgery as a treatment option, it’s important to find a surgeon with a high level of experience. Patients from Clearwater, Florida, can turn to Moffitt Cancer Center, located close by in Tampa. As a high-volume cancer center, our surgeons possess an unparalleled level of expertise. Their experience in the latest and most advanced surgical procedures has helped improve the lives of thousands of patients.
Our surgeons collaborate with many other specialists in our Urologic Oncology Program to develop treatment plans tailored to the needs of each patient. Our multispecialty team meets regularly as a tumor board, ensuring each new patient’s case receives individual attention. There are several different types of bladder cancer surgery that we may recommend, including:
- Transurethral surgery (TUR) – A resectoscope is inserted into the bladder via the urethra to remove the bladder tumor. This procedure can be followed by a fulguration to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
- Segmental cystectomy – This procedure involves the removal of the cancerous portion of the bladder.
- Radical cystectomy – For more advanced cancer, this procedure removes the entire bladder and nearby lymph nodes. It may also involve removing the prostate gland in men or the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and cervix in women.
- Reconstructive surgery – When a radical cystectomy is performed, reconstructive surgery is used to create a new way to store and pass urine.
Along with these bladder cancer surgery options, Moffitt also offers comprehensive supportive care services. Our patients benefit from the streamlined experience they can receive at Moffitt, as we can provide any necessary lab screenings, tests, post-surgery care and other supportive care services under the same roof. Patients traveling from Clearwater, FL, also don’t need to worry about logistics. Moffitt can provide assistance finding local accommodations that meet our stringent hygiene standards. Many hotels have partnered with us to offer patients discounted rates and even shuttle services to and from Moffitt.
To learn more about receiving bladder cancer surgery at Moffitt Cancer Center, complete a new patient registration form online or call 1-888-663-3488. We welcome patients from Clearwater, FL, and do not require a referral to schedule an appointment.