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    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage II bladder cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    Stage III Bladder Cancer

    Treatment of stage III bladder cancer may include the following:

    • Radical cystectomy with or without surgery to remove pelvic lymph nodes.
    • Combination chemotherapy followed by radical cystectomy.
    • External radiation therapy combined with chemotherapy.
    • External radiation therapy with radiation implants.
    • Segmental cystectomy.

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage III bladder cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    Stage IV Bladder Cancer

    Treatment of stage IV bladder cancer may include the following:

    • Radical cystectomy with surgery to remove pelvic lymph nodes.
    • External radiation therapy (may be as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life).
    • Urinary diversion as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
    • Cystectomy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
    • Chemotherapy alone or after local treatment (surgery or radiation therapy).
    • A clinical trial of chemotherapy.

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage IV bladder cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: February 25, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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