Transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT) has been the gold standard in managing
non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). However, this technique violates the usual cancer
control principle of removing tumours intact in a single piece. “Piecemeal resection” may cause
scattering and spread of exfoliated tumours cells leading to increased recurrence rate.
Other pitfalls of the traditional TURBT include difficulty in ensuring complete resection around the edges and depth of the tumour (to include the deeper muscle layers). Poor quality of resection can directly affect accuracy of staging and cancer control outcomes in early bladder cancer.
ERBT aims to remove the tumour in a “one-piece” fashion. Just like
TURBT, this is performed endoscopically. EBRT is performed by making
a circular cut around the margin beyond the edges of the tumour,
followed by removal of the tumour with underlying bladder (detrusor) muscle.
TUERBT specimens can maintain the 3D architecture of the tumour, thus allowing more accurate staging of bladder cancer with proper assessment of the resection margins (edges of tumour). A good assessment of the depth of invasion can reduce the need for a second look TURBT.
Dr Lincoln Tan helps train young urologists in the region on this technique through his work with AUSTEG- Asian Urological Surgery Training & Education Group
Dr Robert Tan is a practicing consultant urologist with over 35 years of experience. He graduated from the medical school at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and has cared for thousands of patients over the decades.View Profile
Dr Lincoln Tan is a consultant urologist and accredited robotic surgeon. Dr Tan is trained in all aspects of open and endoscopic urology and specialises in the minimally invasive treatment of urologic cancers.View Profile