Actos Bladder Cancer Surgery

You may not have had any control over getting bladder cancer – especially if it was an unwanted side effect of taking Actos (pioglitazone) to control your type 2 diabetes. But you do have many treatment options, including various surgeries.

Your choices will depend on your overall health, as well as how aggressively and how deeply your cancer is growing into surrounding tissue. (See Bladder cancer stages.)

Bladder cancer surgical options are summarized below. And if you'd like to learn more, remember, offers a free copy of 100 Questions & Answers About Bladder Cancerto help educate you.

Treatment May Be as Simple as Removing the Tumor Alone

When bladder cancer is confined to the inner lining, removing the tumor alone may be all you need. To do it, your surgeon will insert a cystoscope – a thin tube with a light and camera on the end – through your urethra and into the bladder. Through this tube the surgeon may use a laser or a wire to burn up the tumor, or insert tiny instruments inside to cut out the tumor.


Partial Bladder Removal Preserves Bladder Function

If your bladder cancer is located in only one part of your bladder, removing the affected part may be the answer. Called a partial cystectomy, this procedure is recommended only if the remaining bladder will function normally.

Advanced Disease May Require Bladder Removal

If you have advanced-stage bladder cancer, removing the entire bladder – called a cystectomy – may be your only option. This operation may also require the removal of the prostate and semen-producing glands in men, and the uterus, ovaries and part of the vagina for women.

Reconstruction After Cystectomy Has Options, too

When your bladder is removed, your surgeon will need to create a way for urine to leave your body.

The surgeon may create an opening in the abdomen through which urine would pass into a pouch (urostomy bag) worn outside your body.

In addition, the surgeon could create a urine reservoir inside the body using part of the small intestine. Urine would be drained from the reservoir using a catheter passed through an opening in your abdomen.

Finally, using part of your intestine, the surgeon could reconstruct a bladder-like pouch on the inside of your body and connect it to your urethra. This new structure would function much like your bladder did, although you may have to pass a catheter through your urethra into the pouch to ensure it completely empties.

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