The Urologic Oncology Center Provides Chemotherapy Care for Bladder Cancer

At University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, we offer an array of treatment options for patients coping with a bladder cancer diagnosis. Our team develops and reviews each patient's customized treatment plan in order to prescribe the most effective therapies. We strive to take patient care to the next level during every step of the process.

After careful evaluation, a UH Seidman Cancer Center physician may prescribe chemotherapy treatment. Chemotherapy is the use of powerful drugs to destroy cancer. For bladder cancer treatment, chemotherapy may be administered alone, with surgery or radiation therapy or combined with both. At UH Seidman Cancer Center, physicians and researchers are exploring new combinations of chemotherapy that decrease the negative side effects.

Chemotherapy may be given before or after the other therapies and is usually administered in the oncologist's office. However, the treatment may require the patient to stay in the hospital.

Systemic or Intravenous Chemotherapy

Cancer that is deeply invading the bladder, lymph nodes or other organs typically requires systemic or intravenous chemotherapy. With this method, cancer-fighting drugs are injected directly into the bloodstream through a vein. Thus, drugs are sent through almost every part of the body, killing cancer cells.

Chemotherapy Side Effects

Chemotherapy is traditionally known for causing somewhat unpleasant side effects; with the constant development of new chemotherapies, our expert physicians are able to significantly minimize these reactions. The severity of side effects from chemotherapy varies, but most are temporary and recede when treatment ends.

Some common chemotherapy side effects include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hair loss
  • Sores in the mouth or in the digestive tract
  • Feeling tired or lacking energy
  • Increased susceptibility to infection
  • Easy bruising or bleeding

UH Seidman Cancer Center team of oncologists offers innovative chemotherapy treatments and medications that allow patients to forgo many of the undesirable side effects listed above. Patients should also understand that side effects will diminish within a short period of time following the treatment.

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