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.
"Gem/Cis" This is shorthand for gemcitabine and cisplatin. These two drugs have shown similar effectiveness to the "gold standard" of 4 drugs ("mvac" - methotrexate, vinblastine, adriamycin, (doxorubicin) cisplatin) with much less (but still potentially significant) toxicity.
Depends. There are many chemotherapy to treat bladder cancer all of them has side effects. The choice depends on the kidney function and the general health of the person and also stage of the disease. The choice should be based on detailed discussion with your doctor.

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