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Bladder Cancer - TURBT - Different Countries & Different Protocols

Posted Dec 14 2008 5:07pm

TURBT - Different Countries & Different Protocols

Since the bladder cancer was diagnosed 8 months ago, I have been able to communicate via this blog and email with only a handful of other bladder cancer patients. The one that's farthest along isDavid F. in Kent, England(near London), who has passed two years with all clear, and has one final procedure before he is finished, hopefully forever. HK in Toronto, Canada is a few months behind me in treatments. In our limited correspondence I noted some differences between treatment protocols, and most recently some differences in one common procedure - theTrans-Urethral Resection of Bladder Tumor, orTURBTfor short. No matter what your symptoms or how you are diagnosed, every bladder cancer patient will have one of these procedures early in the process. The medical folks describe it as a "non-invasive" surgical process to remove visible tumors from the bladder.The good news is that they don't have to cut you open with a scalpel to get to the tumor - hence "non-invasive." The bad news is that they use the natural, existing pathway into the bladder. So I say that it all depends on WHO is being invaded and HOW...

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