Bladder Cancer – Our Treatment Options

Noninvasive Cancer Treatment in Orange County, CA

If you’ve been diagnosed with any form of cancer, we know how trying of an experience it can be – but it’s never something you have to go through alone. As a premier cancer treatment center serving the Orange County, CA area, OC CyberKnife is committed to helping our patients beat cancer and thrive both during the treatment process and beyond. Our state-of-the-art cancer center is proud to offer the most advanced cancer treatments on the market today, and we’ll work with you to design a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle and helps you definitively beat cancer. We’re proud to treat virtually any cancerous condition, and if you’ve been diagnosed with bladder cancer, we’re here to help.

Screening for Bladder Cancer

Cancer screening refers to the process of using preventative tests or exams to look for a certain disease even in people without symptoms – for example, all adults over 50 should receive regular screenings for prostate cancer. At this point, it’s not recommended that the general public receive screenings for bladder cancer. That said, certain people with a high risk may benefit from bladder cancer screening. This may include:

  • People who’ve had bladder cancer in the past
  • People with certain birth defects affecting the bladder
  • People exposed to harsh chemicals in the workplace

Generally, bladder cancer is found due to symptoms like blood in the urine or other issues. While these symptoms may have a variety of causes, if your doctor suspects bladder cancer is a possibility, it’s critical to either diagnose or rule out bladder cancer to give you the best possible chances at successful treatment.

Treating Bladder Cancer

If you are diagnosed with bladder cancer, you’ll work with your cancer care team to understand the specifics of your situation and the treatment options available to you. It’s important to remember that every patient and each individual case is different, so even though one treatment may be best for one person, another may require a totally different approach.

Generally, we may opt for any of the following methods to treat bladder cancer:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy like CyberKnife
  • Intravesical Therapy
  • Immunotherapy

In many cases, your cancer care team will utilize a combination of these methods to provide the best possible treatment. Most cases of bladder cancer involve surgery as at least one aspect of treatment, and surgery can often be used to remove early stage tumors entirely. That said, in cases of early stage bladder cancer, there’s always a concern of cancer forming later on in a different part of the bladder. While a radical cystectomy, a procedure where the entire bladder is surgically removed, can solve this, it comes with obvious and very significant side effects.

In most cases, your cancer care team will opt not for a radical cystectomy, instead using other treatments to bring down the risk of new cancers forming. No matter what treatment you and your team decide on, however, it’s important to maintain a schedule of close observation and follow up appointments to assess the success of your treatment and watch for recurrence and new tumor formation.

Contact Your Orange County Cancer Center

Whether bladder cancer or not, cancer is a serious condition in any form – but the team at OC CyberKnife is here to help you beat it. If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with any form of cancer, it’s critical to seek treatment as quickly as possible. OC CyberKnife is committed to providing the best possible cancer care to each and every one of our patients, and if you’re exploring your options for treatment, we would love to speak with you. Call us today at 714.962.7100 to learn more about the treatments we have to offer and schedule an appointment for a consultation or second opinion. Working together, we’ll create a comprehensive treatment plan for your condition, help you beat cancer, and get you back to a normal, healthy lifestyle.