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Bladder Cancer Treatments

Our team of bladder cancer experts take the time to find what is the best personalized treatment plan for every individual patient. Your healthcare team will discuss options so that they can find the treatment that best suits you.

Intravesical Therapy

With intravesical therapy, we can manage recurrent bladder tumors by filling the bladder with medication that prevents recurrence of non-invasive bladder tumors.  There are two types of intravesical therapy: immunotherapy and chemotherapy.  Immunotherapy causes the body's own immune system to attack the cancer cells.  Chemotherapy uses drugs to actively kill growing cancer cells. 

Robotic-Assisted Radical Cystectomy 

Robotic-assisted radical cystectomy is the removal of the bladder and surrounding lymph nodes using minimally invasive surgery.  This procedure is often performed for patients with muscle invasive or aggressive bladder cancer.  The robotic procedure allows surgeons to operate through a number of small incisions instead of a single large incision.  Most robotic-assisted radical cystectomy patients may resume normal activities in as little as 6 weeks.    

Bladder Reconstruction 

If a patient has their bladder removed, a new bladder or pouch must be created that allows patients to be continent of urine.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy drugs are often used to treat cancer because it kills away the growing cancerous cells.  There are two different ways chemotherapy can be administered: intravesical or systemic.  For intravesical chemotherapy, the drug is put directly into the bladder.  For systemic chemotherapy, the drug is given in pill form or injected into the bloodstream.