Treatment decisions for advanced bladder cancer

How your doctor decides which treatment you need, the types of treatment you might have and treatment by stage.

Deciding which treatment you need

Your doctor will talk to you about the treatment they suggest. They will explain its benefits and the possible side effects.

This will depend on:

  • where your cancer is
  • how big it is and whether it has spread (the stage)
  • the type of cancer
  • how abnormal the cells look under a microscope (the grade)
  • your general health and level of fitness

Treatment overview

The main treatments are

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Clinical trials

Your doctor might ask if you’d like to take part in a clinical trial. Doctors and researchers do trials to make existing treatments better and develop new treatments.

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