I've just been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Will my bladder need to be removed?

Not necessarily. Most people diagnosed with bladder cancer have a small tumor that may not require surgery to remove the bladder (cystectomy).

Cystectomy may be recommended when:

  • Your cancer has grown to involve deeper layers of your bladder tissue (muscle-invasive bladder cancer)
  • You have a smaller bladder cancer, but the cells are particularly aggressive
  • Your bladder cancer has returned, despite other treatments
  • Other treatments for bladder cancer haven't worked

Discuss your options with your doctor. Some people may be candidates for combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy instead of surgery. This bladder-sparing therapy is used in certain situations, and your doctor can determine if your cancer might be likely to respond to this treatment.

Oct. 03, 2017 See more Expert Answers