Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and the 10th in women. Nearly 80 percent of bladder cancers stay in the bladder lining. This type of bladder cancer is called superficial bladder cancer and can come back after treatment. In invasive cases, the cancer extends through the bladder wall and may grow into other organs and bones, including lymph nodes, reproductive organs, lungs, liver, and the pelvis.
Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand bladder cancer and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, as well as urologists, social workers, and nurses. Treatment plans may include:
- Immunotherapy (biological therapy) - works to boost, direct, or restore your body's natural defenses against disease
- Radiation therapy
- Surgery - including robotic cystectomy, an innovative procedure that offers less pain, less blood loss, and potentially quicker recovery for the treatment of certain bladder cancers