Can An Artificial Bladder Be Installed In A 6-year-old Child With Bladder Cancer?
Good afternoon, I have a 6-year-old granddaughter. She has had bladder cancer since she was 5 years old and has been removed and removed her bladder because it is full of cancer, in October 2018 at RSHS Bandung, and now she is peeing using an inner tube through the stomach out accommodated using a pee bag (urostomy), up to now, and now my grandchildren are still in chemoteraphy from January 2019 until now, what I want to ask is whether in the future an artificial bladder can be placed on my granddaughter? thank you
Thank you for the question.
Most bladder cancers affect older men, although this does not rule out the possibility of children. This condition can cause the sufferer to experience bloody urine, accompanied by pain during urination and low back pain which is very annoying. Bladder cancer sufferers also often experience fatigue, back pain, weakness, fatigue, and drastic weight loss due to illness. Heredity (genetic), exposure to cigarette smoke, radiation, certain chemicals (for example arsenic or chemical dyes), chronic irritation of the bladder, as well as certain parasitic infections can trigger this cancer.
Bladder cancer is divided into several types depending on the constituent cells and their progression. In cancers that are very poorly differentiated (high grade bladder cancer), the potential to damage surrounding tissue, spread to other distant organs, also causes greater death. In order to minimize dangerous complications, treatment can be done by surgery, which is to remove the cancerous tissue, or it can also remove the entire bladder (cystectomy) and surrounding tissue. Not infrequently, this operation is also combined with other therapeutic modalities, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy.
After the surgical removal of the bladder, often, the doctor will indeed create a new channel to remove urine from the patient's body, or called a urostomy. This action can be permanent, but it can also only be temporary before finally other actions are made to make a reservoir of artificial urine in the patient's body, for example urversion with neobladder reconstruction, ileal conduit, or continent urinary reservoir.
Consult further with your doctor, pediatrician, or surgeon who treats your grandchild regarding the best treatment steps that can be done according to his condition, yes.
I hope this helps.