Why the Prostate Needs Removing in Bladder Cancer Surgery?

Q:

My doctor recommends me to take a surgery for bladder cancer. He said my prostate will be removed during the procedure. Why it must be removed in the surgery for bladder cancer?

A:

When the cancer has spread to muscle layer of the bladder, the patient needs to take laparoscopic or robotic bladder surgery. The procedure is known as radical cystoprostatectomy.

Normally the prostate is removed because a portion of the transitional epithelium of the bladder from which the cancer cells originated actually extends toward the prostatic urethra which is enclosed by the prostate. Therefore, if the patient keeps his prostate unremoved, the risk of cancer recurrence in the prostate will be increased.  

 

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