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Bladder Cancer - Treatments

Treatment options for bladder cancer depend on a number of factors, including the type of cancer, grade of the cancer and stage of the cancer, which are taken into consideration along with your overall health and your treatment preferences.

Bladder cancer treatment may include:

  • Surgery, to remove cancerous tissue.
  • Chemotherapy in the bladder (intravesical chemotherapy), to treat tumors that are confined to the lining of the bladder but have a high risk of recurrence or progression to a higher stage.
  • Reconstruction, to create a new way for urine to exit the body after bladder removal.
  • Chemotherapy for the whole body (systemic chemotherapy), to increase the chance for a cure in a person having surgery to remove the bladder, or as a primary treatment in cases where surgery isn't an option.
  • Radiation therapy, to destroy cancer cells, often as a primary treatment in cases where surgery isn't an option or isn't desired.
  • Immunotherapy, to trigger the body's immune system to fight cancer cells, either in the bladder or throughout the body.

A combination of treatment approaches may be recommended by your doctor and members of your care team.

Bladder Cancer - Preparing for surgery

Bladder Cancer - Post-surgery care

The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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