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transitional cell carcinoma (TCC)

TCC is a cancer arising from the lining of the urinary tract. TCC commonly arises in the bladder, however it may occur in any part of the urinary tract, including kidneys, ureter and urethra.

TCC is the most common form of cancer found within the bladder.


transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT)

TURBT is carried out under a general or spinal anaesthetic. A rigid cystoscope is passed through the urethra into the bladder and the bladder cancer growth (tumour) is removed.

A small wire loop is used which acts a small heating element. This enables the tumour to be removed and stops any bleeding that may occur.

This tumour specimen can then be looked at under the microscope to grade it and so help with the further management of the bladder cancer.


transurethral resection of prostate (TURP)

This is a procedure to "core out" the prostate. The aim of this procedure is to relieve the symptoms of bladder outflow obstruction and BPH. This is performed under general anaesthetic.


TRUS biopsy

Trans Rectal UltraSound of the prostate and biopsy is used to obtain very small samples of prostate tissue so that they can be looked at under the microscope to see if cancer cells are present.