Can a drug help prevent blood loss during bladder cancer surgery?

May 18, 2016

Drs. Rodney Breau, Ilias Cagiannos, and Franco Momoli were awarded $400,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to investigate whether a drug called tranexamic acid can reduce blood loss during surgery for patients with bladder cancer. About 8,300 Canadians are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year, and about a quarter will eventually have their bladder and some of the surrounding organs removed. Patients undergoing this surgery are at risk for significant blood loss and about 60 percent need a blood transfusion during or after the procedure. Tranexamic acid is already used to reduce blood loss from trauma or non-cancer surgery, but is not commonly used during bladder cancer surgery. The team’s study will be the first to examine whether using this medication during bladder surgery is safe and effective. This is one of 22 grants awarded to researchers at The Ottawa Hospital in the latest CIHR competition, announced in the summer of 2015.

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