About Bladder Cancer
The bladder is a balloon-shaped organ located in the lower abdomen of men and women. This hollow and muscular organ serves as a reservoir for urine produced by the kidneys. As the bladder fills with urine the muscular wall stretches making the bladder larger. Once the bladder reaches its capacity of urine, the walls contract and the urine leaves the body through a narrow tube called the urethra.
Bladder Cancer forms in the tissues of the bladder and affects both men and women. Nearly 68,810 men and women in the United States will be diagnosed this year. Accounting for approximately 90% of cancers in the urinary tract system, bladder cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in men and the eighth most common type in women in the United States.
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Bladder Cancer Treatment
There are several treatment options to consider if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Treatment options range from chemotherapy to cystectomy (removal of all or part of the bladder) depending on a number of factors. Because most bladder cancers are often diagnosed in their early stages surgery may be recommended. Here at the CARES Center our surgeons are proud to offer the most advanced form of bladder cancer surgery practiced today - Robotic Cystectomy. Our urologic robotic team here at the CARES Center have performed over 50 Robotic Cystectomies. The robotic cystectomy offers tremendous benefits over the traditional open procedure. Robotic cystectomy is a minimally invasive procedure performed with the assistance of the daVinci® Surgical System which provides the physician with increased visualization and precision, and most importantly allowing our patients a quicker return to their daily lives.
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Robotic Cystectomy - Is it right for you?
To learn more about Robotic Cystectomy and whether it is the right treatment option for you, contact us or call us at (919) 966-9696.