What is the role of partial cystectomy in the treatment of rhabdomyosarcomas of the bladder?

Updated: Apr 03, 2019
  • Author: E Jason Abel, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Rhabdomyosarcomas of the bladder comprise 17-50% of all genitourinary rhabdomyosarcomas. These patients have also been successfully treated with partial cystectomy as an alternative to radical cystectomy or chemotherapy. Disease-free survival rates have been reported as high as 78.5% with 2- to 16-year follow-up after partial cystectomy with or without neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation. Most of these patients were able to retain functional bladders with minimal lower urinary tract symptoms. [12]


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