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How can prior chemo or radiation therapy cause bladder cancer?

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If you’ve had radiation therapy to your pelvis, you’re more likely to develop bladder cancer. The same is true if you’ve taken the chemo medication cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) for a long time.

From: What Is Bladder Cancer? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society: “Key Statistics for Bladder Cancer,” “What Is Bladder Cancer?” “Survival Rates for Bladder Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Cancer.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on November 18, 2018

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American Cancer Society: “Key Statistics for Bladder Cancer,” “What Is Bladder Cancer?” “Survival Rates for Bladder Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Cancer.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on November 18, 2018

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