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What is intravesical therapy to treat bladder cancer?

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Intravesical therapy is used for early-stage cancers. A doctor injects medication into your bladder. He’ll choose between two different types of medications: immunotherapy or chemotherapy.

In immunotherapy, your body’s own immune system attacks the cancer cells.

In intravesical chemotherapy, cancer-fighting medications are put into your bladder to kill harmful cells. And in systemic chemotherapy, you get chemotherapy through an IV to kill cancer cells that have spread beyond your bladder.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bladder Cancer Treatment,” “Bladder Cancer Surgery,” “Radiation Therapy for Bladder Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Bladder Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)” -- Patient Version.

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Bladder Cancer: Treatment Options.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 25, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bladder Cancer Treatment,” “Bladder Cancer Surgery,” “Radiation Therapy for Bladder Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Bladder Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)” -- Patient Version.

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Bladder Cancer: Treatment Options.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 25, 2018

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