Tranexamic Acid During Cystectomy Trial (TACT)

Tranexamic Acid During Cystectomy Trial (TACT)

A cystectomy is the removal of the bladder and adjacent organs in patients with bladder cancer. This often results in significant blood loss, and about 60% of patients will require a blood transfusion during or up to 30 days after surgery. Significant blood loss may result in cardiovascular morbidity, and the use of blood products are expensive and expose patients to risk. Tranexamic acid reduces breakdown of hemostatic blood clots and it has therapeutic benefit when used in other surgical procedures to reduce blood loss and the need for transfusion. The current study will be the first to evaluate whether tranexamic acid is effective and safe to use during radical cystectomy. The results of the study will have an immediate impact on patient care.

Pharmaceutical medication involved
Recruiting patients only

Drug - Tranexamic Acid

Tranexamic acid will be administered as an intravenous infusion of 10 mg/kg over 10 minutes (loading dose) prior to surgical incision, followed by 5 mg/kg/hour continuous maintenance infusion for the length of surgery (typically 4 to 8 hours).

Drug - Placebo

As there is no standard of care concerning administration of anti-fibrinolytic agents in cystectomy procedures, controls will follow the same dosing and schedule as above (loading dose followed by maintenance infusion), but with 0.9% sodium chloride.

Tranexamic Acid During Cystectomy Trial (TACT)