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Bladder Cancer Treatment Information
Proper treatment of bladder cancer begins with an accurate diagnosis. Once we have ruled out other disorders that may be causing symptoms, we observe the tumor directly and take tissue samples through a transurethral (through the urethra) procedure that requires no incision.
The next step is staging. This involves determining several factors of the cancer, including the size of the tumor, its location and how far it has progressed into the bladder wall and out into the rest of the body. The stage of the cancer has a great impact on our choice of treatment techniques. The following are common treatments we use with bladder cancer:
- Surgery. When bladder cancer is caught early, before it has spread deeply into the wall of the bladder, we can remove or destroy the tumor using special tools inserted through the urethra. These tools allow us to see and treat cancer inside the bladder without an incision. Sometimes a tumor has spread far enough that we must remove some, or all, of the bladder. To do this, we make small incisions in the abdomen to remove the bladder.
- Chemotherapy. After we have removed all visible cancer, we can treat with chemotherapy drugs within the bladder. This allows direct treatment of remaining cancer cells without the need for chemotherapy drugs to circulate throughout the body. However, to treat more advanced cancer that has spread, we may need to give you chemotherapy that does circulate through your body. This may kill cancer cells wherever they have spread.
- Radiation. When we treat advanced bladder cancer, we may use carefully focused beams of radiation to kill remaining cancer cells after surgery while minimizing any damage to healthy cells.
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Bladder Cancer Support Services
Cancer treatment may bring challenges, and support resources can help you and your family with these. Learning about bladder cancer may also help you work more effectively with your physician.
A Sampling of Bladder Cancer Support Services
American Cancer Society
The ACS site provides specific information regarding bladder cancer as well as general cancer information and other resources.
National Cancer Institute
As part of the National Institutes of Health, this National Cancer Institute booklet features extensive information about bladder cancer and related topics.
Genetics Home Reference
This national government website includes education about the role of genetics in bladder cancer and what impact this can have on you and your family.