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Bladder cancer is one of the common cancers attacking people around the globe. Cancer of the bladder is often easy to recognise due to its specific symptoms, what makes it different from other types of cancer such as lung cancer or breast cancer which may develop for years without giving any cancer signs.
As it is with other cancer types, bladder cancer treatment may take different forms depending on stages of cancer. It may include bladder surgery, chemotherapy treatment, and radiation therapy.
Regarding bladder cancer causes, doctors have estimated that smoking and exposure to certain industrial chemicals may increase the probability of bladder cancer occurrence. However, the main bladder cancer causes remain unknown.

Symptoms of Bladder Cancer
Patients with bladder cancer initially experience blood in their urine and problems with urination as the first bladder cancer signs. In the later bladder cancer stages, new symptoms of bladder cancer, such as pelvic pain, weight loss, and bone ache, become apparent. However, many patients contact their doctor right after first signs of bladder cancer, namely blood, appear and they can start a bladder cancer treatment.

Am I Suitable for Bladder Cancer Treatment?

Treatment of bladder cancer can be effective only in the early stages of cancer. For this reason, patients with late cancer stages may be eligible for palliative cancer treatment, focused on easing the pain and prolonging one’s life.

Preparing for Bladder Cancer Treatment

The preparation process varies depending on the type of bladder cancer treatment. As for bladder cancer surgery, you will need to stop taking blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, as well as inform your doctors about your medical issues and drugs you take for them.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy do not require a thorough preparation process. It is advised to undergo other medical procedures before you start these types of bladder cancer treatment.

How is Bladder Cancer Treatment Performed?

Bladder Cancer Treatment Options:
There are 4 main types of cancer treatment available for bladder cancer patients. These are:
• Bladder Cancer Surgery – in early stages of cancer it is possible to resect it. However, it depends on the case and type of cancer attacking one’s bladder.
• Chemotherapy for Bladder Cancer – in chemotherapy treatment, powerful doses of drugs are used to kill bladder cancer cells. It is given in several sessions throughout weeks or even months.
• Radiation Therapy for Bladder Cancer – radiotherapy means using radioactive material to destroy bladder cancer cells. It may take a form of external radiotherapy (radiation emitted by a machine) or internal radiation therapy (radioactive elements injected or swallowed).
• Immunotherapy with BCG Treatment – BCG is a bacteria that causes tuberculosis. However, a dose of BCG injected into the bladder may cause patient’s immune system to fight bladder cancer cells. However, not every bladder cancer treated with BCG will recede.

Bladder Cancer Treatment Recovery

Recovery from treatment for bladder cancer may be a long process. Bladder cancer patients who underwent just a cancer surgery may fully recover within months, while chemotherapy recovery and radiation therapy recovery may take months or even years. In this period patients often experience bladder cancer treatment side effects.

Bladder Cancer Treatment Risks and Complications

Treatment of bladder cancer may lead to numerous complications which are worth thinking about. Bladder cancer surgery may lead to excessive bleeding, damage to internal organs, infection and other problems. In the same time, chemotherapy and radiation therapy complications, which are possible to occur, include damage to vital organs such as lungs, neurological damage and the appearance of secondary cancers.

Bladder Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Bladder cancer treatment side effects are connected especially to chemotherapy treatment and radiation therapy and may include:
• Memory and concentration issues
• Hair loss
• Weight loss
• Infertility

Bladder Cancer Treatment Success Rates

Bladder cancer prognosis varies depending on the stages of cancer of the bladder. For people with stage 0 bladder cancer, the 5-year prognosis is 98%, while patients undergoing stage 4 bladder cancer treatment have it at the level of 15%. In general, 5-year bladder cancer prognosis is around 77%, 10-year – 70% and 15-year – 65%.

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Acibadem Maslak Hospital

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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
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Medical Park Antalya Hospital

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Medipol Mega University Hospital

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Medical Park Goztepe Hospital

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KCM Clinic

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Memorial Sisli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Kolan International Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital

New Delhi, India
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Neolife Oncology Center

Istanbul, Turkey
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Bladder Cancer Treatment Cost

Average Bladder Cancer Treatment costs are € 480, based on Bladder Cancer Treatment prices from 10 clinics.

Bladder Cancer Treatment prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Bladder Cancer Treatment in Poland is a popular option where Bladder Cancer Treatment costs as low as € 480.

Please note that the Bladder Cancer Treatment prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Bladder Cancer Treatment procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Bladder Cancer Treatment procedures. To receive a personalized Bladder Cancer Treatment quote, please click HERE.

Bladder Cancer Treatment FAQ

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What are the Bladder Cancer Treatment Options?

Bladder cancer treatment options include cancer surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy. Which will be used in the treatment of bladder cancer depends mostly on cancer stages and types of cancer.

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What Is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer is a type of cancer attacking the tissue of a bladder. Bladder cancer prognosis is often higher than other types of cancer, mostly due to quite obvious symptoms of bladder cancer such as blood in one’s urine.

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BCG Treatment – What Is It?

BCG treatment is a type of immunotherapy used as a bladder cancer treatment. BCG germs are injected into the bladder, causing body’s immunological system to focus on this organ and fight also cancer cells.