Bladder cancer solutions are determined by the stage of the bladder cancer and the experience and skill set of the urologist as a urologic oncologist and a skilled robotic surgeon. Bladder cancer is diagnosed in its early stages about ¾‘s of the time. When a bladder tumor is found growing on the surface of the bladder the urologist will remove it with a small wire that is heated with a current. After this simple surgery, adjunct medicine may be put into the bladder to destroy any precancerous cells that may still be there.
The bladder cancer surgery for more invasive bladder tumors can be a removal of the bladder called a cystectomy with a urinary diversion or neobladder or a partial cystectomy where a section of the bladder is removed and the bladder is sewn back together. A Cystectomy can be performed with an open surgery, a laparoscopic surgery, or a robotic surgery.
Bladder cancer surgery such as a cystectomy, while lifesaving, involves considerable healing, urinary training with a neobladder and stoma care with a urinary diversion. Initially it is a life altering event but later becomes a natural part of day to day life.
Bladder cancer adjunct therapies include chemotherapy, radiation therapy. Intravesical therapy which is placing biologics or chemotherapy into the bladder with a catheter is used after removing a bladder tumor. For everyone preventative therapy may help and for those with a family history or environmental risks for cancer, preventative medicine can help. Quitting smoking, exercise, lose weight if you are overweight, eat a healthy diet, and drink plenty of fluids. Natural alternative medicines have been used as preventative medicines because they are mild and not toxic but they should not be used to replace regular medical care. By living a healthy lifestyle you can reduce your risk of bladder cancer.