What Are the Treatments for Advanced Bladder Cancer?

Q:
What are the treatments for advanced bladder cancer?

A:
Bladder cancer occurs when the cells inside your bladder grow abnormally and become out of control, and then form a tumor. It can happen at any age, but the most common affected group is older adults. Besides, males are more likely to get bladder cancer than females.

Generally, the main treatments for advanced bladder cancer are surgery and chemotherapy, but sometimes radiation therapy is also used to treat bladder cancer.

  • Surgery (remove cancerous tissue).
    Transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT). TURBT aims to remove bladder cancers confined to the inner layers of the bladder.
    Cystectomy. Cystectomy means to remove all or part of the bladder.
    Neobladder reconstruction. This surgery aims to create a new way for urine to leave your body after removing all of the bladder.
    Ileal conduit. It means to create a tube using a piece of your intestine.
    Continent urinary reservoir. This type of surgery means to use a section of intestine to create a small reservoir to hold urine, which is located inside your body.
  • Chemotherapy (use medications to kill cancer cell).
  • Radiation therapy (use high-energy beams to destroy cancer cells).

Treatment varies from one to another, you should consult your doctor and choose treatment that is suitable for you.

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