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A 30-year-old member asked:

is it possible to cure bladder cancer without surgery?

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Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
Early stage: See a urologic oncologist. If you have early stage bladder cancer, it may be treated with bladder injections of a bacteria called bcg. This causes an immune response that can eliminate very early bladder tumors.
Dr. James Krick
Urology 36 years experience
Bladder cancer: Non-invasive bladder cancer is sometimes treated with chemotherapy placed into the bladder via a catheter. It is usually still necessary to perform initial and subsequent surveillance cystoscopic exams however.
Dr. Brian Golden
Urology 21 years experience
Probably not: The standard of care for bladder tumors is removal of all abnormal tissue, using a scope via the urethra. A chemo agent is then placed in the bladder to reduce recurrences. If pathology shows cancer invasive into deep layers of the bladder, then major surgery may be needed. The most common reason not to have bladder cancer surgery is if a patient is too high risk for anesthesia complications.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

If my bladder cancer has invaded my lymph nodes, will I have to have surgery?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Possibly: If the bladder cancer has spread to few local lymph nodes in the pelvis, then surgery may still be an option to remove the bladder and lymph nodes at the same time. If there is advanced cancer or many lymph nodes present, then chemotherapy and radiation may be first needed to allow shrinkage of the tumor followed by surgery for complete removal.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

Dr. Found mass on my 63 y/o father's bladder. He goes into surgery thurs. What are chances it's bladder cancer and how treatable is it if so?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Wait: Don't jump into conclusion , wait for biopsy report , it may or may not be a malignant lesion , have to know what type of tumor it is , has to be staged early stages treatable & curable.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it true that bladder cancer isn't curable without the surgery?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Sort of: Small bladder cancers can be removed with the expectation of a cure through a cystoscope. They're prone to recur over the urothelial field. Instillation of bcg is another way to deal with some kinds of early cancer.

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