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Bladder Cancer

When you choose Cone Health Cancer Center for bladder cancer care, you gain access to a full range of advanced treatments and support while remaining close to home.

Multidisciplinary Bladder Cancer Care

You’ll benefit from coordinated care by a multidisciplinary team, including urologists with expertise in minimally invasive surgical treatments. Your team meets regularly to review your health and develop a customized care plan that includes the latest advances in bladder cancer treatment.

Treatment Tailored to You

Partner with your bladder cancer care team to choose treatments that fit your condition, treatment goals and preferences. Your plan may incorporate:

  • Chemotherapy – Attacks rapidly reproducing cells, including cancer cells; usually delivered through an IV
  • Immunotherapy – Stimulates the immune system to fight cancer; usually delivered as a pill and may be part of a care plan for early state or advanced bladder cancer
  • Intravesical therapy – Uses a catheter to deliver chemotherapy or immunotherapy drugs directly to the bladder
  • Radiation therapy – Destroys cancer cells using targeted, high-energy rays
  • Bladder cancer surgery
    • Transurethral resection – Removes small tumors; may also be used to diagnose or stage bladder cancer
    • Partial or radical cystectomy – Removes part or all of the bladder

Learn more about cancer treatments and support services at Cone Health.

Minimally-Invasive Bladder Cancer Surgery

Whenever possible, your urologist uses a minimally invasive techniques, such as extremely precise robotic-assisted surgery, to treat bladder cancer. That means you’ll experience less pain and scarring and a quicker recovery.

Living Beyond Bladder Cancer

See your doctor regularly for follow-up care that monitors your health and helps you live well after bladder cancer.

Ostomy Care

If your treatment includes a cystectomy, your care team will create a urostomy—an opening that allows urine to flow outside the body into a custom-fitted pouch. Count on the certified wound, ostomy and continence nurses at Cone Health to help you learn ostomy care, including how to use your pouching system and how to care for your skin, so you can maintain a high quality of life.