The goal of treatment is to remove as much of the cancer as possible, while preserving the bladder and its function. Additional treatment may help to prevent the spread or recurrence of cancer. The treatment plan will often include a combination of approaches based on the characteristics of the cancer, patient's age, general health, and prognosis. Comfort measures can be provided if bladder cancer is in advanced stages.
It is likely you will have a healthcare team that is made up of doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals. It is important to maintain contact with your medical team, adhere to recommended treatment, and go to any recommended appointments for best outcomes possible.
Bladder cancer treatment includes: SurgeryChemotherapyRadiation therapyBiologic therapyPhotodynamic therapyLifestyle changesManaging the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment
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Last reviewed May 2015 by Mohei Abouzied, MD
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