When Bladder cancer is diagnosed in its early stages, it can be cured by minimally invasive procedures with cystoscopy, utilizing either local or general anesthesia depending upon the extent of the tumor.
CYSTOSCOPY WITH BLADDER BIOPSY
If small lesions are identified during cystoscopy, Dr. Steinberg may perform a bladder biopsy under local anesthesia in the office by removing a small piece of tissue which is sent to the lab to be tested for cancer or other abnormalities. The biopsy area is coagulated with an electrical device to prevent bleeding. The tissue is examined by the pathologist and Dr. Steinberg will meet with typically one week after the procedure to discuss the results.
TRANSURETHRAL RESECTION OF BLADDER TUMOR (TURBT)
A TURBT is a procedure in which bladder tumors can be removed from the bladder wall. This is a procedure performed completely with a scope that is inserted through the urethra into the bladder. It is generally performed in the hospital setting as an outpatient with the patient anesthetized. This treatment is often done using Blue Light Cystoscopy.
BLUE LIGHT CYSTOSCOPY
This revolutionary new procedure is performed by Dr. Steinberg at Milford Regional Medical Center under anesthesia in order to identify and treat otherwise “hidden” bladder cancer. A special dye called “Cysview” is first instilled into the bladder and a special telescope is used to examine the bladder. Hidden tumors will fluoresce with a pink color and are easily identified for removal.
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After removal of a bladder tumor, Dr. Steinberg may determine that intravesical chemotherapy therapy is indicated. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia in the office and involves the instillation of medication directly into the bladder through a catheter, instead of being injected into a vein or swallowed. There are minimal side effects from this therapy. BCG is the most common drug used for intravesical chemotherapy which is approximately 85% effective at preventing future tumor growth.