Transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT)

Transurethral Resection of a Bladder Tumour (TURBT) is the initial treatment for most bladder cancers.

The operation is carried out using a cystoscope (telescope) which is passed through the urethra (water pipe) into the bladder. The area of concern in the bladder is carefully shaved away using a diathermy loop. The extracted tissue is then sent to the laboratory for analysis. In some cases, a single dose of chemotherapy is given directly into the bladder at the end of the operation to reduce the risk of the tumour returning. A catheter tube may be left in the bladder for 24 hours following the operation. Most patients are discharged home within 24 hours.  

Some patients may require further treatment, the nature of which will be discussed when the pathology results are available.

Further information about bladder tumour surgery can be found here:

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