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What are the least toxic chemotherapeutic agents for treating bladder cancer?

What are the least toxic chemotherapeutic agents for treating bladder cancer?

Depends on type: Treatment for bladder cancer depends on type and stage. Some cancers can be treated by removal alone or removal and placement of "chemotherapy" directly into bladder which tends to have the least toxic effect on the whole body. Other, more aggressive bladder cancers require traditional chemotherapy which is typically more toxic. Decision for treatment can only be made by a urologist/oncologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Are there less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than carboplatin for treating bladder cancer?

Are there less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than carboplatin for treating bladder cancer?

Discuss w oncologist: Always best to first discuss with both your urologist & your oncologist.. Carboplatin is far less toxic than Cisplatin & side effects (se) of nausea & vomiting are much less. An alternative might be fractionated dose chemotherapy, where same dose is split up over a few successive days. This usually reslts in fewer se. Always consider 2nd opinion but please don't refuse treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than gemzar (gemcitabine) and carboplatin for treating bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer: You need to speak to the oncologist (P) involved with the care of the patient. There are 4 different types of bladder cancer and the treatment the patient is currently on may be the best and/or only choice. Speak to the O caring for the patient for information as to why the O chose those drugs, as the O knows the patient the best and can give you a meaningful response. Good luck. ...Read more

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Husband served in vietnam in 1966 1967 exposed to agent orange. 4years ago diagnosed with stomach cancer had 3/4 of stomach removed.Cancer in lung?

Husband served in vietnam in 1966 1967  exposed to agent orange. 4years ago  diagnosed with stomach cancer  had 3/4 of stomach removed.Cancer 
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Not sure why u ask.: Is his gastric CA in remission? Does he have any respiratory symptom? Any other risk factor for lung CA like smoking? I would assume he still sees an oncologist who keeps an eye on the possibility of recurrence of his stomach CA or development of second cancers like lung. If your ? is, can he get it? The answer is yes, it is possible. Please thank him for his service and best to both. ...Read more

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What does bladder cancer look like?

Depends: Depends on how much it has evolved. Here is a good review on bladder cancer facts http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/bladder-cancer. ...Read more

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How often does bladder cancer recur?

Depends: This depends on what the primary tumor was and how it was treated. They may certainly recur, but the risk of recurrence and the location of recurrence is totally dependent on a combination of the cancer's stage and the treatment received for that. Do you have any of that information? ...Read more

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How does bladder cancer affect your body?

How does bladder cancer affect your body?

Varies: Bladder cancer may be found early and treated with local (intravesicular, intra = in, vesicular = bladder) therapy by a urologist. If the bladder cancer is muscle invasive surgery may be needed. Chemotherapy may be needed before or after surgery for advanced disease. Bladder cancer may present with blood in the urine or other urinary symptoms such as urinary frequency. ...Read more

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What does aggressive bladder cancer mean?

What does aggressive bladder cancer mean?

Bladder cancer grade: Agressiveness usually refers to the "grade" of cancer. This is a method of stating just how cancerous the cancer cells are. The more poorly differentiated the cells are under the microscope, the higher the grade. This usually reflects the likelihood of the cancer speading if not treateed. The "stage" of cancer usually refers to the size of the cancerous area or tumor or its degree of spread. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about bladder cancer?

Here are some ...: It's the malignancy starting off from bladder lining (urothelium) with >90% as TCC (transitional cell carcinoma), its highest incidence in men >60s and women >70s, >85% of them having gross or microscopic hematuria-usually painless & off and on, a most definite connection with tobacco smoking, around 1/5 of the patients having irritative voiding, as a lifelong disease so needing lifelong follow-up ...Read more

Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


Dr. Terence Chapman
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Bladder Cancer (Definition)

The bladder is the organ which holds urine. It may develop cancer as with any organ. There are two types: superficial bladder cancer and muscle invasive bladder cancer. The differences are important as they ...Read more