How is bladder carcinoma in situ treated?

Updated: Oct 24, 2019
  • Author: Stanley A Brosman, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Treatment of carcinoma in situ (CIS) differs from that of papillary transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). Endoscopic surgery, which is the initial treatment of papillary cancers, is not effective for CIS because the disease is often so diffuse and difficult to visualize that surgical removal is not feasible. When a combination of papillary tumor and CIS is present, the papillary tumor is removed before treatment of the CIS is initiated.


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