The latest advances in bladder cancer surgery are available to residents of St. Petersburg, Florida, at MoffittCancer Center in nearby Tampa. In a single location, patients within Moffitt’s Urologic Oncology Program have access to comprehensive surgical treatment, innovative therapies, clinical trials and compassionate supportive care from a multispecialty team of experts.
Surgery is usually recommended as the initial form of treatment for bladder cancer, followed by chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or intravesical therapy. Several surgical approaches may be taken to address bladder malignancies depending on the location, extent and molecular makeup of the tumor, among other factors. Moffitt surgeons perform a variety of bladder cancer procedures, including:
- Transurethral surgery (TUR) – Typically recommended for early-stage cancers, this bladder cancer surgery involves removing a noninvasive bladder tumor through a resectoscope, or a rigid cystoscope that enters the bladder through the urethra. Residual cancer cells may then be treated with fulguration (burning with a high-energy laser).
- Segmental cystectomy – In some cases, a small tumor that has invaded nearby muscle can be surgically removed, along with the surrounding tissue and closest lymph nodes, while still keeping the bladder intact. This procedure also entails sealing the remainder of the bladder to preserve function.
- Radical cystectomy with extended lymph node dissection – Often used to treat tumors that have spread throughout the bladder, this procedure involves removing the entire bladder and nearby lymph nodes, as well as the prostate gland in men and the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and a section of the vagina in women.
- Reconstructive surgery – In cases where the bladder is removed, a surgeon may suggest a urinary diversion procedure, which creates an alternative way for the body to store and pass urine.
As a Moffitt patient, you can be assured that your surgical team will carefully outline your treatment options, listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have. Furthermore, if you are traveling to Moffitt from St. Petersburg, FL, or another location for bladder cancer surgery, you are eligible for discounted rates with our partner hotels. These hotels help our out-of-town patients heal from surgery by providing a comfortable and hygienic place to rest close to our cancer center. Many hotels also offer complimentary shuttle service to and from Moffitt.
If you reside in St. Petersburg, FL, and would like to consult with a Moffitt physician regarding your bladder cancer surgery options, contact Moffitt at 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form. Referrals are not required to visit our cancer center.