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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #51677 by sara.anne
Barnes Hospital, in St. Louis, is an excellent place for treatment of bladder cancer.

As for robotic vs traditional surgery, it isn't the method which matters but the expertise of the surgeon using the method. Both are very good choices with good results. BUT it does take training to be proficient and the robotic method is the "new kid on the block." If this is your choice, you want to be sure that the urologist has had fellowship level training....not just demonstrations by the manufacturer's rep (which happens all too often).

Sara Anne

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2 years 4 months ago #51675 by Mizzou
Thank you Sarah.Anne for such a quick response and info .
We live in Columbia Missouri which has excellent medical care but perhaps not the extent of experience with Neobladder construction that we would like.
We are just beginning our research on Robotic surgery vs the traditional way and would appreciate any information.
My husband is a fit , active man with no other complicating factors.

Thank you everyone,

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2 years 4 months ago #51671 by sara.anne
You have a good start...since you know some of the questions that need answers. First of all, you will want to find a center that does a LOT of bladder cancer surgeries, especially radical cystectomies. And do not be bashful about asking the urologists you see these questions.

Where are you located geographically? It is possible that some of our members may have suggestions based on personal experience. I just posted the latest US NEWS and WORLD REPORT ratings of hospitals in urology under the "Articles of Interest" heading on this forum.

health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/urology

These are hopitals that are ranked for UROLOGIC surgery, not especially bladder cancer, but if they excel in the general area it is more than likely that they might be good in bladder cancer. At least it would be a place to start...You can look up the hospital and the Urology (or urological surgery department) and look at the physicians listed. Their interests and sub specialties are usually listed.

Also, on our home page, is a list of treatment centers:
http://bladdercancersupport.org/bladder-cancer-help/resources/treatment-center-finder
This is going to be undergoing revision, but may be of some help.

Good luck to you

Sara Anne

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BCG; BCG maintenance
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2 years 4 months ago #51666 by Mizzou
HI ,
We are newly diagnosed and new to this forum.

Just began GC chemo with our local cancer center. But we are exploring larger treatment centers for surgery to remove bladder and prostate and proceed with a neobladder.

How do we get the information to compare # of surgeries done each year, success rate infection/complication rate, etc? what other criterion is helpful in deciding and how to we approach finding the answer?

Thank you ,

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