What are the advantages of partial cystectomy over radical cystectomy?

Updated: Apr 03, 2019
  • Author: E Jason Abel, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Partial cystectomy offers potential quality of life advantages over radical cystectomy and may be appropriate in selected patients with cancer or certain benign conditions.

In patients with urothelial cancer, partial cystectomy will probably continue to play a limited role in the absence of quality comparative studies demonstrating equivalent survival results to radical cystectomy. The improved quality of life and fewer complications seen in patients undergoing partial cystectomy must be carefully weighed against the increased risk of cancer death.

Patients should be appropriately counselled by experienced surgeons when considering partial cystectomy.

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