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Intravesical Antineoplastic Therapy Following Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumors: Nursing Implications From the Operating Room to Discharge

Donna J. Washburn
CJON 2007, 11(4), 553-559 DOI: 10.1188/07.CJON.553-559

An aging population and latent effects from exposure to carcinogens will likely augment the current trend of increased incidence of urinary bladder cancer. Intravesical antineoplastic therapy is a common treatment for urinary bladder cancer. Transurethral resection of bladder tumors often is followed immediately by the instillation of an antineoplastic agent in the operating room or postanesthesia care unit. Oncology nurses, who have a unique knowledge of safe handling and patient care, can improve staff safety and patient outcomes in several areas of healthcare organizations, as well as reduce the mortality and morbidity of urinary bladder cancer by learning more about the disease and intravesical antineoplastic therapy.

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