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Agent Orange And 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you know if there are less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than gemzar 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
If bladder cancer tumor was size of an orange, would u say that more than likely the stage will be a bad stage? Does large tumor mean death? I know weneed pathology report but can u please shed light?
Husband served in vietnam in 1966 1967 exposed to agent orange. 4years ago diagnosed with stomach cancer had 3/4 of stomach removed.Cancer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Occupational exposures (metal, rubber, leather, textile, concrete, and electrical workers as well as painters, miners, and certain manufacturing jobs) account for 20% of cases. Less commonly, exposure to radiation or the chemo agent Cyclophosphamide can lead to urothelial cancer. By far (50%) the main risk factor is smoking. Yet another lovely gift from the tobacco companies. Please don't smoke! ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Difficult to say: All cancers, if caught and treated early, can be cured . There are many different types of bladder and skin cancers. Each type behaves differently, with some being relatively slow-growing and easy to cure , and others being much more aggressive and spreading early. However, even with more information, it is a little bit like comparing apples and oranges. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible, needs f/u: Transurethral resection of bladder tumor, especially if it is in the very early stages, superficial, is a good treatment approach. Frequent followups and scope of the bladder to insure no residual disease is seen, or treatments with agents injected into the bladder is necessary. Much deeper tumors, called muscle invasive, will require much more aggressive surgical and nonsurgical treatments. ...Read more
I had BCG chemo for bladder cancer & developed serious infection requiring hospitalization. What other chemo drug can be used?
It depends: Bcg sepsis is a known, yet uncommon complication of BCG treatment for bladder cancer. The next option really depends on your specific bladder cancer - your urologist will be bettre ablet o discuss this with you. The next option may be for intravesical mitomycing, intravesical valrubicin, or possibly cystectomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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