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You have likely already discussed treatment options with your urologist and know that the right treatment depends on you and your type of bladder cancer.  A radical cystectomy (surgery) is typically performed as an attempt to cure bladder cancer that has extended into the bladder wall, is high grade, or has returned following initial treatment. This procedure involves removal of the entire bladder, nearby lymph nodes, part of the urethra, the prostate (in men), and the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and possibly part of the vagina (in women).


Learn more about what to expect from a cystectomy in both the pre- and postoperative periods.