Chemotherapy and You
A resource to help inform and organize you as you go through chemotherapy treatment for your cancer.
Customized chemotherapy treatments for bladder cancer.
Chemotherapy may be part of your bladder cancer treatment plan if your cancer has spread (metastasized), or there’s a higher risk that it will spread to your lymph nodes or other areas of your body. Our medical oncologists specialize in bladder cancer and will work closely with you to customize the most appropriate treatment for your diagnosis and care needs.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to damage or destroy cancer cells. We inject or infuse a combination of medications into the bloodstream to attack cancer cells in the bladder or, if the cancer has spread, in other areas of the body.
Our team may recommend a treatment plan that includes a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy to try to save your bladder. This is only an option for select patients based on certain factors. Research has shown that up to 60 percent of patients will later require surgical removal of the bladder if the cancer returns. You might be a good candidate for radiation therapy and chemotherapy if:
Our medical oncologists track the latest in bladder cancer chemotherapy treatments, so you get the most advanced therapy possible. Some of the most common types of chemotherapy for bladder cancer include:
Our team often recommends a combination of treatments for bladder cancer that has spread (metastasized). Options may include chemotherapy and immunotherapy as well as approaches that are being tested in clinical trials to shrink tumors and relieve symptoms while maintaining quality of life.