Treatment for metastatic bladder cancer

Treatment can help to reduce symptoms, make you feel better and sometimes can help you to live longer. There are different types of treatment for metastatic bladder cancer. These include chemotherapy, targeted cancer drugs, radiotherapy and surgery.

This section is about treatment for bladder cancer that has spread to another part of the body. We have separate information about treatment for bladder cancer that hasn't spread to another part of the body. 

Treatment options for metastatic bladder cancer

Treatment can slow down metastatic bladder cancer for some time and help to reduce your symptoms.

Chemotherapy for metastatic bladder cancer

Chemotherapy can help to control metastatic bladder cancer for some time. You might have a combination of drugs.

Radiotherapy for metastatic bladder cancer

You might have radiotherapy to control your symptoms. Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill bladder cancer cells.

Surgery for metastatic bladder cancer

You might have surgery to relieve symptoms caused by metastatic bladder cancer. There are different types of operation. 

Treatment for secondary bone cancer

Bladder cancer that spreads to the bones is called secondary bone cancer. Read about the treatments you might have to help strengthen your bones.  

Last reviewed: 
09 Dec 2022
Next review due: 
09 Dec 2025
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