Multidisciplinary management of patients with localized bladder cancer.
Multidisciplinary approach to muscle-invasive bladder cancer is imperative to achieve optimal long-term cancer control. Radical cystectomy, pelvic lymph node dissection, and urinary diversion have been the mainstay of therapy for decades. Laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgical techniques are becoming increasingly prevalent, and have shown short-term benefits in terms of blood loss, less pain, and smaller incisions. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy plus surgery results in absolute survival advantage and this approach is encouraged in appropriate patients. A similar survival advantage with the use of adjuvant chemotherapy has yet to be convincingly demonstrated. Bladder-preservation protocols involving a visibly complete transurethral resection followed by chemoradiation may be a feasible option for select patients.
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Khurana, K. K., Garcia, J. A., Tendulkar, R. D., & Stephenson, A. J. (2013). Multidisciplinary management of patients with localized bladder cancer. Surgical oncology clinics of North America, 22(2), 357–373. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soc.2012.12.008
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine