Bladder cancer treatment options

At Legacy Cancer Institute we offer leading edge treatments and are committed to finding the one that is best for you. We know that living with a diagnosis of cancer, and its management, can have a profound effect on your functional, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. That's why we offer a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to your care. That means we treat the whole person, because you have a life, not just a diagnosis.

Treatment options

The main types of treatment for cancer of the bladder are: trans-urethral surgery, intravesical therapy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. A treatment may be given alone or in combination with other types, depending on the stage of the cancer. Trans-urethral surgery, alone or with intra-vesicle chemotherapy, is used in nearly all cases.

  • Surgery is often able to remove early bladder tumors successfully. Rarely, surgery to remove the whole bladder is needed.
  • Intravesical therapy -- this treatment delivers a drug directly into the bladder (through a catheter) rather than being given by mouth or injected into a vein.
  • Chemotherapy 
  • Radiation, the use of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells, is often combined with chemotherapy to make radiation treatments more effective.

Physician case review

Our multidisciplinary cancer care conferences review complex cases to provide an expert "second opinion" on diagnosis, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, treatment strategy and rehabilitation. The team includes urologic surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, nurses, research coordinators and other cancer care staff.

Support services

  • Integrative care through our Cancer Healing Center
  • Cancer rehabilitation

Our providers

Michael Kaempf, MD, Urologist and Surgeon
Bruce Lowe, MD, Urologist and Surgeon
Gregory McCoy, MD, Urologist and Surgeon
Sajal Dutta, MD, Urologist and Surgeon
Michael Gardner, MD, Urologist and Surgeon