Surgery for Invasive Bladder Cancer

Invasive bladder cancer, which invades the muscle wall of the bladder, often requires surgery. Treatment generally includes removal of the bladder and either construction of a “neobladder,” in which a new bladder is surgically fashioned to replace the cancerous bladder, or creation of an artificial opening (stoma) through which the urine drains.

Surgery for invasive bladder cancer is a major operation for which Washington University urologists are well trained and draw from experience with a large volume of cases. They work closely with other specialists at the Siteman Cancer Center to incorporate chemotherapy and radiation therapy, when needed.

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More information on bladder cancer treatment at Siteman Cancer Center.