Is BCG better than chemotherapy for bladder cancer?

Yes. Yes b c g is better tolerated by patients than intravenous chemotherapy. But if you thinking of intravesical chemotherapy than there is no difference in the tolarability or the effectiveness.
Possibly. Bcg and chemotherapy are 2 entirely different forms of therapy for bladder cancer and for different types of bladder cancer. In the initial phase of treatment, BCG may be a very good initial treatment but depends on the type of cancer and stage. If the cancer recurs or is invading the muscle of the bladder, then BCG is generally not an option and the next form of therapy is surgery or chemotherapy.
For early stages. For superficial cancer which does not invade the muscular layer of the bladder, BCG administered in the bladder is superior to chemotherapy drugs administered in a similar fashion. Bcg reduces the risk of recurrence, but may only delay progression in the long term. Bcg is not appropriate for muscle invasive disease, but some chemotherapy drugs given IV are very effective against such cancers.

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Is BCG treatment for bladder cancer the same as chemotherapy?

No. Treatment with BCG is a form of localized immunotherapy for bladder cancer but it is not chemotherapy. It involves placement of a medicine into the bladder that helps one's own immune system fight the cancer. Read more...
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 more...

Chemo after surgery for bladder cancer? Should I have chemotherapy after having my bladder removed because of bladder cancer? Why would this help, since I don’t have a bladder anymore?

In . In many cases, chemotherapy given after the bladder has been removed can help reduce the risk of bladder cancer returning. This is because of the fact that although the bladder has been removed there may be a few rogue cells in the body that escaped the bladder before it was removed. It is important the you consult with your urologic surgeon as well as a qualified medical oncologist about the possibility of chemotherapy. Of course each case must be individualized and chemotherapy may not be appropriate for you. Read more...
Factor dependent. There are many factors that help to determine if it is safe and, or needed. Age, other medical problems, stage of tumor and other pathologic features of your tumor determine the risk of microscopic cells remaining and therefore your potential benefit of chemotherapy aimed at cleaning up microscopic cells in the blood stream and bladder bed. Read more...

Should teenage girls be vaccinated with BCG against bladder cancer?

No. Bcg is not a vaccine that prevents bladder cancer. It is used as a treatment for certain types of superficial bladder cancer by being placed directly into the bladder. It is believed to stimulate an immune response against the tumor itself. Read more...

Is it normal to remove small bladder cancer tumors instead of using bcg?

Yes. Yes. In fact it ithe standard of care to remove all tumors prior to bcg, if possible. All visible lesions are to be removed from the bladder. Depending on various factors such as the size, location, etc., the entire lesion may be able to be removed in its entirety. Depending on the type of cancer, size, and ability to remove the entire lesoin, BCG may then be an option for the patient. Read more...
Both are correct. Small bladder tumors are usually removed with surgical resection. However in cases such as multiple tumors, difficult to see tumors, in situ tumors, higher grade tumors, or larger tumors BCG may have additional benefits. Read more...
Yes. Small tumors can effectively be treated by cystoscopic excision and fulguration. Intravesical BCG therapy can be used to help prevent recurrences of high grade tumors once removed. Read more...

I had T1 bladder cancer and I had BCG a treatment. Cani have Schingles vaccine?

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...

Please explain BCG bladder cancer treatment.?

Localized immune rea. Ction. If a person is immunized with BCG (a modified tuberculosis organism) re-exposure to BCG induces a local cellular immune response. If BCG is instilled into the bladder of person with bladder cancer, after prior sensitization to bcg, the local cellular immune response may destroy tumor cells. 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 more...