How Can Surgery Help Treat Bladder Cancer?

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Q: My father has bladder cancer and his doctor advised him to take a surgery. Is the surgery dangerous? How can it help treat bladder cancer? A: Transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT) is the most common treatment for early-stage or superficial (non-muscle invasive) bladder cancers. This procedure is a simple and easy one. Usually the patient can go home on the same day the procedure is done. During the procedure, the doctor puts an instrument called a resectoscope into the bladder through the patient’s urethra. The resectoscope has a wire loop at the end. The doctor will use it to remove abnormal tissues or tumors. After the tumor is removed, more steps may be taken to try to ensure that it has been destroyed completely. If your father still has cancer after the tumor is removed, the doctor can destroy it using a laser and another tool called a cystoscope.   Related FAQs: