Your treatment depends on the size of your cancer, whether it has spread (the stage), the type you have, what the cancer cells look like (the grade), and your general health. Find out more about how your bladder cancer might be treated.

Preparing for treatment and life afterwards (prehabilitation)

There are things you can do to help you feel more in control of your physical and mental health when preparing for treatment. In the hospital, preparing for treatment is also called prehabilitation or prehab.

Early bladder cancer

In early bladder cancer the cancer cells are only in the bladder’s inner lining. You usually have surgery to remove the cancer followed by chemotherapy into the bladder.

Invasive bladder cancer

Invasive bladder cancer has spread into or through the muscle layer of the bladder. The main treatments include surgery or radiotherapy or chemotherapy and radiotherapy together (chemoradiation).

Last reviewed: 
19 Jun 2019
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