While standard protocols have been established for the treatment of virtually all cancers, physicians will often modify them for their individual patients. These modifications are based on many factors including the patient’s age, general health, presence of other diseases, like diabetes , desired results, and the specific characteristics of his or her cancer. Since the treatments described here represent the standard therapeutic approaches, your physician may not strictly adhere to them.
Treatment of bladder cancer aims to remove as much of the bladder tumor as possible, preserve the urinary bladder to the safest degree possible, avoid recurrence of cancer, and prevent the spread of cancer to other areas. Surgery is the mainstay of treatment for bladder cancer, but chemotherapy and radiation also play a significant role in controlling the disease and preventing spread to other parts of the body.
The links below discuss treatment options for bladder cancer:
- Radiation therapy
- Biologic therapy
- Photodynamic therapy
- Lifestyle changes
- Managing the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment
Existing treatment protocols have been established and continue to be modified through clinical trials. These research studies are essential to determine whether or not new treatments are both safe and effective. Since highly effective treatments for many cancers remain unknown, numerous clinical trials are always underway around the world. You may wish to ask your doctor if you should consider participating in a clinical trial. You can find out about clinical trials at the government website ClinicalTrials.gov .
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/92/2012 -