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Cystectomy is the surgical removal of the urinary bladder.

Your doctor has several reasons for recommending removal of the whole bladder:

  • Presence of a muscle-invasive tumour
  • Presence of a tumour that grows aggressively (high grade), that has multiple cancerous areas (multifocal), or that is superficial, but has recurred after chemotherapy or immunotherapy
  • Failure of or recurrence after a bladder-sparing approach (chemoradiation) or the occurrence of major side-effects
  • Symptoms like bleeding or pain in patients with incurable disease

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