Bladder cancer surgery may be recommended for a patient who has been diagnosed with a bladder tumor. At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, we use advanced surgical techniques, including laparoscopic (minimally invasive) and robot-assisted surgery, to enhance patient outcomes, and our experienced surgeons help many patients beat cancer and live better-quality lives. We welcome patients from West Palm Beach and other areas of Florida.
Moffitt’s multispecialty team of surgeons, oncologists and other medical professionals may recommend bladder cancer surgery for a patient after evaluating many individual factors, including the stage and extent of the cancer, the location of the tumor and the patient’s general health. Commonly recommended procedures include:
- Transurethral surgery (TUR) – Early-stage tumors situated on the surface of the bladder are removed with a resectoscope, which is inserted through the urethra to eliminate the need for an abdominal incision. This procedure may be followed by fulguration to remove residual cancer cells with a high-energy laser.
- Segmental cystectomy – An affected portion of the bladder is removed, and the remainder of the organ is sealed to retain bladder function.
- Radical cystectomy with extended lymph node dissection – The entire bladder and surrounding lymph nodes are removed. The prostate gland (in men) or the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and a portion of the vagina (in women) may also be removed.
- Reconstructive surgery – Following a radical cystectomy, the passage and storage of urine may be adjusted to restore bladder function.
In addition to the latest bladder cancer surgery techniques, Moffitt offers a comprehensive range of services, including lab screenings before surgery and post-operative support to aid our patients throughout the recovery process. For patients and their families who travel from West Palm Beach, FL, we can also provide information on local accommodations that meet our stringent standards for hygiene and infection control.
Moffitt welcomes patients from West Palm Beach, FL, and we do not require referrals. Patients who are interested in learning more about bladder cancer surgery and other treatment options can call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online.