The bladder cancer specialists at Sky Ridge Medical Center work closely with you to accurately diagnose and stage your bladder cancer. Together, you and your oncologist will determine the most appropriate treatment.
Non-Surgical Bladder Cancer Treatments
Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill the cancerous cells. It may be administered directly to the bladder (intra vesicle) or through a vein in the arm (systemic). Systemic chemotherapy can be used when treating patients with Stages T2-4 cancer in combination with bladder cancer surgery.
Immunotherapy uses biological therapy drugs to signal the body’s immune system to fight cancer. The drugs are inserted through a catheter directly into the bladder. Immunotherapy is usually used to treat Stage Ta, T1 and CIS patients.
Radiation Therapy uses high energy beams aimed at the tumor to kill or shrink the cancer cells; usually used when treating Stage T2–4 bladder cancer patients.
Bladder Cancer Surgery
Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor (TURBT)
This surgery is performed to remove the section of the bladder that is affected by the tumor only. TURBT is a treatment option primarily for Stage 0 and Stage I bladder cancer patients.
A radical cystectomy involves removing the entire bladder. For women, bladder as well as the uterus, ovaries and part of the vagina are all removed. For men, the bladder as well as the prostate and seminal vesicles are removed. This surgery usually is performed in tandem with another procedure that creates a new way for urine to leave the body.