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Early bladder cancer

In early bladder cancer the cancer cells are only in the bladder’s inner lining.

Treatment decisions

See which types of treatment you may have for early bladder cancer, and how your doctor decides which treatment you need.

Trans urethral removal of bladder tumour (TURBT)

This minor surgery is usually the first treatment you have for early bladder cancer.

Chemotherapy into the bladder

Find out about having chemotherapy through a flexible tube (catheter) into your bladder with this treatment.

BCG into the bladder

Find out about having BCG through a flexible tube (catheter) into your bladder. This treatment is also called intravesical BCG. 

Electrically stimulated chemotherapy

In this treatment you have chemotherapy into your bladder while a small electrical current is passed through your bladder.

Hyperthermia with mitomycin C

In this treatment you have the chemotherapy drug mitomycin C into your bladder while a small microwave probe heats up your bladder wall.

Removing the bladder (cystectomy)

Find out how you have an operation to remove your bladder, and what happens afterwards.

Follow up

After treatment, you have regular check ups to look for signs of the cancer coming back or spreading. This is called follow up.

Last reviewed: 
31 Jul 2015

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