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Cancer

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Posted by: Vee | 2018/12/06

Q.

Bladder cancer

Hi, my dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer and as far as tests show it has not spread anywhere else. The doctors recommend removing the bladder and he will have a urine bag. He feels this will limit him in many ways and he would rather have an artificial bladder. My question is are artificial bladders standard procedure in South Africa or it incurs an extra cost and if so how much? Also, how long would it take to schedule such an operation as he is not a South African resident and probably he will have to go through all the tests again before the new doctors decide course of action. According to current doctors, he has till end of december to do the operartion before the cancer possibly upscales considering the timeline from diagnosis.

Expert's Reply

A.

Cancer expert
- 2019/01/03

Dear Vee, I was unable to find any information regarding the availability of bladder transplant surgery in South Africa. It is suggested that you contact the Urology Hospital in Pretoria to hear whether the procedure is available in South Africa and what the estimated cost would be. I would like to wish your father everything of the best and trust that he will receive appropriate treatment for his condition. (MCH).

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