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Alternative Treatments For Bladder Cancer
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
Mostly surgery. : Most bladder cancers are superficial or early and urologist remove them through a cystoscope. If covers a wide area and not invaded the bladder muscle they can add local immunotherapy with bcg. If there is invasion partial bladder or full bladder surgery is needed. In those too ill for surgery then we consider radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Quite effective: Firstly, surgery is usually successful, mostly can be cured by transurethral resection. (removal via a cystoscope) larger or more aggressive tumors might require open surgery, hopefully the bladder need not be removed, however bowel neobladders can be constructed. Many bladder cancers respond to chemotherapy +/or radiation therapy. Discuss with a uro-oncologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bladder Cancer: This depends on the extent of surgery/treatment and whether part of the bladder is resected, the whole bladder - requiring a urinary division procedure - or localized intra vesicular procedures. In some cases, an adjuvant drug, such as bcg, is used inside the bladder. The best resource I use is http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/bladder/patient/page1. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgery: Depending on the stage and type of bladder cancer, treatment will vary. This includes observation, instilling medicines into the bladder (bcg), radical surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. The appropriate treatment will be dependent on the stage, type of cancer, and patient preference. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bladder ca: Nobody can predict. Grade 3 has a higher chance of recurrence and progressive. Treatment is highly recommended but nodoby can accurately tell you a time line in this areas. It could be months to years before someone could die depending on the cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: Neither one has any benefit but they also do no harm. ...Read more
Yes.: Ask your doctor, of course, since your particular circumstance may differ...but intravesicular (in the bladder) BCG treatment for superficial bladder cancer does not make shingles vaccine dangerous or ineffective. Your age and medical history put you at enough risk of shingles that a vaccination is beneficial. ...Read more
Immune system based: Bcg is a weakened bacteria in the family of germs that causes tuberculosis. In bladder cancer, it is believed that interactions of BCG and molecules in the cellular structure of the bladder itself induces an immune-mediated response which can cause superficial cancers of the bladder to regress and can delay or prevent recurrence in many cases. It is usually given weekly for 6 weeks to start. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Bcg is a topical therapy that is essentially a type of immune based therapy applied only to bladder cells. Traditional chemotherapy is given intravenously and thus all body cells are exposed. Some chemotherapy drugs can be given topically like BCG and probably exert their effect via typical cancer cell-killing compared to immune stimulating effects of BCG similarly administered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BCG plus interferon : There is evidence that BCG plus ifn can salvage or successfully treat people who have failed BCG alone. Also, your overall risk depends on the grade and stage of your original cancer. If it is low grade low stage, then the overall risk is quite different than patient with high grade superficial bladder cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For a 70-year-old man who was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer, is BCG a reasonable 1st treatment?
I have had 4 turb's for non invasive bladder cancer and have decided not to have BCG treatments. Can I just have my bladder removed?
Not standard: Local bladder therapy such as BCG and others can put off the need for bladder removal for quite a period. Bladder removal can be done but urine pathway reconstruction will need to be surgically done too. Your urologist can discuss other local treatment drugs besides bcg. Finally, many centers are looking at robotic bladder surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hello Dr Bennett, I have experienced hardening of the bladder wall after chemo and radio treatment for stage 4 bladder cancer, will this condition go?
Will remain: Best results are for lesions of the mucosa. Once bladder wall invaded, especially with extension beyond the bladder then depending on overall situation, radical cystectomy with neobladder utilized. If lesion too advanced primary lesion therapy may be relegated to local RT chemo for control of symptoms. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1980 and one treatment with BCG 1990, since then one tumor and haven't had tumor since 2000. Do i need a cysto ?
Maybe: I think you can avoid a cystoscopy if you do not have any symptoms and your urinalysis is normal. Also, I would base it on your original pathology. If it was a low grade tumor you can hold off. You could do a urine cytology, urine sample looking for abnormal cells, to insure there is no evidence of a more aggressive tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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