Medicines may be used to control the growth
bladder cancer cells and to relieve symptoms.
These medicines may be taken by mouth, injected
into a vein (intravenous, or IV), or delivered directly into the bladder using a catheter.
- Chemotherapy uses medicines to destroy cancer cells.
- Immunotherapy, also called biological therapy, uses medicines
that cause your body's
immune system to attack cancer cells in your bladder.
It is most often used for early-stage bladder cancer. It may also be used after a transurethral resection (TUR) to help keep cancer from coming back.
Most chemotherapy causes some
side effects. Home treatment may be all that is needed to manage your
symptoms. But some people may need
medicines to control nausea and vomiting.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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