Treatments for muscle-invasive bladder cancer

When bladder cancer has invaded the muscle, the most common treatment is surgery to remove the entire bladder. Other treatments, such as chemotherapy, may be given before or after surgery. Some bladder cancers may be treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy only.

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Making treatment decisions

Sometimes it is difficult to decide on the type of treatment to have. You may feel that everything is happening too fast. Check with your doctor how soon your treatment should start, and take as much time as you can before making a decision.

You have the right to accept or refuse any treatment offered, to ask for more information, or to get a second opinion. In some cases, you may be able to take part in a clinical trial that is testing new or modified treatments.

To find out more about decision-making steps, consent and second opinions, read our page on Making cancer treatment decisions. 


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