Invasive bladder cancer

Invasive bladder cancer means that the cancer cells have spread beyond the inner lining of the bladder and into the muscle layer. There is a risk that cancer could spread to other areas of the body if it is not treated. Find out about what treatments you might have and what to expect after. 

When bladder cancer spreads to another part of the body it is called advanced bladder cancer. 

Treatment options

Find out about the different type of treatment for cancer that has spread into the bladder muscle (invasive bladder cancer).


Surgery for invasive bladder cancer is one of the main treatments. The surgeon usually removes all your bladder and makes a new way for you to pass urine. FInd out which surgery you may have and what happens afterwards.


Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill bladder cancer cells. See how you have it and the possible side effects.


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. You might have it before or during radiotherapy, or before or after surgery.

Chemoradiotherapy for bladder cancer

 Find out what chemoradiotherapy is and why you might have this treatment for bladder cancer.

Follow up

After treatment for invasive bladder cancer, you have regular check ups. Find out about follow up appointments and tests.

Treatment for advanced cancer

Read about the different treatments you might have for advanced cancer. They can help to reduce symptoms and make you feel better. 

Last reviewed: 
02 Jul 2019
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