Medical considerations for treatments for invasive bladder cancer in the elderly

Deterioration in physiologic function, prolonged exposure to deleterious and damaging substances, and the consequent co-morbidities associated with ageing may affect considerations of various treatment approaches for invasive bladder cancer in the elderly. Therapeutic efficacy, side-effects, potential complications, and effects on overall quality of life are all important factors in this context. In addition, various individual host factors (life expectancy, co-morbid conditions, physiologic...

Candidates for screening

Picture Tcc Bladder Cancer

Major risk factors for developing bladder cancer are age, gender, race and environmental exposures very few cases are directly inherited.10 TCC is not prevalent in people below 50 years of age with the median age of diagnosis being 69 years old in males and 71 years old in females.11 Not surprisingly, incidence and mortality rise with increasing age. Bladder cancer occurs almost three times more frequently in males than females, but mortality is 35-50 higher in women than men. In the United...

Surgical procedures

Radical Cystectomy With Ileal Conduit

Together with the stomal therapist, the urologist should mark the site of the stoma prior to surgery. It should be placed in an area free of scars and skin folds. Most often the site will be slightly below a line between the umbilicus and the anterior superior iliac spine. The adhesive portion of the bandage is usually a quadrant with the side 7-8cm, which will influence position. The patient should wear the appliance for a day or two pre-operatively. There are many suggestions of how to...

How To Proceed When Bladder Cancer Is Found In Lymph Nodes During Cystectomy

Thus, pT-category of the primary tumour in addition to nodal tumour burden pN-category are the most important stratification variables in determining who may or may not benefit from radical surgery, and may influence the surgeon's decision as to whether to proceed with cystectomy when lymph node involvement becomes evident. Herr et al. have reported a detailed analysis of the outcome of patients with grossly node-positive bladder cancer.7 Among patients with grossly positive nodes,...

The current relevance of salvage cystectomy broadening the definition

Retroperitoneal Node Dissection

Although radiation therapy alone is rarely used today in the United States as definitive therapy for bladder cancer, it is still important to discuss salvage cystectomy for many reasons. The first and foremost reason is the patient with advanced urothelial tumour who, after undergoing definitive chemotherapy, has persistent or recurrent disease within the bladder, despite the absence of distant metastatic disease. Since the difficulty of performing surgery after multiple courses of chemotherapy...

Technical considerations for salvage cystectomy

Handling Cystectomy

Experience with 158 patients who had salvage cystectomy performed by urologists at MD Anderson Cancer Center between 1969 and 1987 114 patients and between 1993 and 1998 42 patients , as well as the additional 55 patients shown in Table 5 who had cystectomy between 1993 and 1998, forms the basis of our conclusions on how to avoid some of the surgical complications associated with salvage cystectomy. It is apparent to us that many of the complications are the result of obliterated tissue planes...