Bladder Cancer Treatment

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Team Provides Wide Range of Cancer Treatment Options

At UH Seidman Cancer Center, our dynamic team of health care professionals utilizes the latest technologies to carefully examine, access and deliver effective bladder cancer treatment—improving outcomes and increasing the opportunities for a better quality of life.

Customized Patient Care

At UH Seidman Cancer Center, we understand just how difficult it can be for you or a loved one to confront a cancer diagnosis. Our physicians, surgeons and staff strive to make patients and families feel as confident and comfortable as possible during the entire treatment process.

The Urologic Oncology Center is proud to offer what we call concierge care. This means that patients are provided with a UH patient care advocate who serves as their partner during the complete treatment process.

The patient care advocate provides:

  • Patient care coordination
  • Personalized service tailored to the patient's individual needs
  • Encouragement and support

Choosing the Best Treatment Plan for Our Patients

At the start of exploring available treatments, a UH Seidman Cancer Center physician will explain the multitude of options available to the patient, including a thorough description of the benefits as well as possible disadvantages of certain therapies. Most importantly, we partner with patients to make decisions that best fit their lifestyles.

Bladder cancer treatment recommendations are dependent on the individual's:

  • Type of cancer
  • Cancer stage
  • Age
  • General health
  • Cancer treatment history

Treatment Options

The most widely used therapies for the treatment of bladder cancer include:

  • Surgery, including minimally invasive techniques
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy

These treatments are sometimes used alone or in combination with one another—offering the most promising outcomes to patients.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy or biological therapy utilizes the body's innate cancer-fighting ability, and is sometimes used as a form of treatment, especially for patients who are currently in stages Ta, T1 and CIS of bladder cancer.