Chemotherapy for Bladder Cancer
- Before surgery—to shrink the tumor and decrease the amount of tissue that needs to be removed
- After surgery—to kill any remaining cancer cells and decrease risk of return
- In combination with radiation therapy—if surgery is not an option
- To help relieve symptoms of metastatic cancer and extend survival time
Chemotherapy Drugs and Delivery
- Fluorouracil (5-FU)
Side Effects and Management
- Bloody urine
Bladder irritation causing:
- Frequent need to urinate
- Urgent need to urinate
- Pain and/or burning with urination
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue due to anemia
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/30/2015 -
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