INTRODUCTION: Though usually the treatment of a superficial bladder tumour consists in transurethral resection, exceptionally because of several clinical conditions, in this kind of patients a radical cystectomy may be suitable. PATIENTS AND METHOD: From june 1986 through december 2001, 127 radical cystectomies were perfomed. A series of 25 patients with a radical cystectomy performed in superficial bladder tumours were analysed. Indications, anatomo-pathological correlation and clinical evolution with survival curves are analysed. RESULTS: The mean time of follow-up was 47 months. Extensive GIIIpT1 tumours (40%) were the chief indication. The remaining of the series consisted in carcinoma uncontrollable by endoscopy and refractary to chemotherapy. Anatomo-pathological correlation coincided in 48% of patients, existing supra and understaging in 25% and 28% respectively. A period of 54 months was without relapse. Seven patients died during the evolution (28%), and 18 patients are alive without disease. 128,48 months were the mean actuarial survival. CONCLUSIONS: GIIIpT1 tumours were the chief indication of our series. The significant percentage of understaging, poor morbidity and good survival curves are emphasized. Because of these results we consider that radical cystectomies are a viable choice for selected patients with superficial vesical tumour.
- Radical cystectomy
- Superficial vesical tumour