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Why You Need a Second Opinion

If you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, you need a second opinion. We will ensure you get it without delay.

A second opinion can be both helpful and reassuring, and it’s the best way to ensure that your diagnosis is accurate, that the recommended treatment strategy is right for you, and that the urologist (surgeon) and other specialists have the training and experience to provide you the best possible outcome.

We can arrange for Roswell Park’s bladder cancer experts, including our pathologists who specialize in bladder and other genitourinary cancers, to review your tests and pathology, and set up a consultation with our bladder cancer team.

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Why it matters for bladder cancer

A precise and accurate diagnosis, staging, and treatment plan by a multidisciplinary team of experts who focus on bladder cancer every day, is essential for:

  • Keeping your bladder. Determining whether your bladder can be saved or must be removed is a crucial decision with life-long quality of life impact. It’s worth a second opinion. Learn about some of the bladder-preserving treatment approaches we offer, such as alternative intravesical therapy and combined modality therapy (CMT).
  • Having a successful operation. If you need your bladder removed, a key factor in determining survival is the quality of the bladder cancer surgery, specifically robot-assisted radical cystectomy. This complex surgical procedure removes several organs, requires construction of a urinary diversion, including a neobladder constructed from the bowel. Learn how Roswell Park ensures optimal success if you need your bladder removed.

Robot-assisted surgery – Roswell Park leads the way

We are a high-volume center for this complex surgery, and our program is led by Khurshid A. Guru, MD. Regarded as one of the top robotic surgeons in the world, Dr. Guru has performed more than 4,500 robot-assisted surgical procedures, including more than 800 robotic radical cystectomies.

Roswell Park now performs 98% of all radical cystectomies with the robotic approach, the highest percentage in all of New York State. With this expertise, Roswell Park surgeons are increasingly able to offer and perform nerve-sparing operations and preserve the female reproductive organs, key to retaining sexual function, when oncologically safe.