Advanced bladder cancer

If the bladder cancer spreads or returns after treatment (advanced bladder cancer), your doctor may discuss palliative treatment for symptoms caused by the cancer, such as pain.

Palliative treatment aims to manage symptoms without trying to cure the disease. It can be used at any stage of advanced cancer to improve quality of life. It is not just for people who are about to die and does not mean giving up hope. Rather, it is about living for as long as possible in the most satisfying way you can.

As well as slowing the spread of cancer, palliative treatment can relieve pain and help manage other symptoms. The treatment may include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapies or other types of medicine.

Palliative treatment is one aspect of palliative care, in which a team of health professionals aim to meet your physical, emotional, practical and spiritual needs. The team also provides support to families and carers. 


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Video: What is palliative care?

Find out how palliative treatment aims to manage symptoms and improve people’s quality of life without trying to cure the disease. Many people think that palliative treatment is for people at the end of their life; however it may be beneficial for people at any stage of advanced melanoma. It is about living for as long as possible in the most satisfying way you can.


This information was last reviewed in February 2018
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