Actos Bladder Cancer Treatment

Anyone who has type 2 diabetes and bladder cancer that may be a result of Actos side effects might be wondering, "What now?" The answer is: There are many treatment options for you to discuss with your doctors.

Summarized below are the non-surgical treatments you may encounter on your bladder cancer journey. Bladder cancer surgery is addressed on a later page.

Keep in mind that treatments vary with the stage of your cancer (See Bladder cancer stages) and the state of your overall health. In addition, your doctors may recommend combinations of therapies or pair them with surgery. If you'd like still more information on the latest bladder cancer advances, request a copy of the authoritative book, 100 Questions & Answers About Bladder Cancer, available free on this website.

Radiation

This therapy involves the use of X-rays or other radioactive substances to kill your bladder cancer cells or to shrink tumors so they're easier to surgically remove later. There are two types of radiation – external, in which a machine directs a radiation beam through the body to a tumor inside, or internal radiation, in which radioactive seeds or fluids are placed inside the bladder or body cavity using a catheter.

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Chemotherapy

This treatment involves the use of drugs to kill your bladder cancer, or shrink it so it is more easily removed later in surgery. These drugs can be taken in the form of a pill, infused into your bloodstream or injected into your bladder through a catheter in your urethra. They can also be injected into your abdomen to treat cancer that has spread beyond your bladder.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy uses biologic substances created in a laboratory to activate and heighten your natural immune system's disease-fighting powers. One example is Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, or BCG, a bacteria, which when injected into the bladder, revs up the immune system to kill your bladder cancer.

Experimental therapies

To boost your chances of a cure (see Bladder cancer prognosis), you may want to investigate therapies that are still being tested. Among them:

Chemoprevention – drugs that keep cancer from coming back.

Photo dynamic therapy – a chemical injected into your bloodstream and absorbed mostly by cancer cells, which die when exposed to laser light funneled through a cystoscope or catheter inserted into your bladder or abdomen. The treatment is designed to preserve healthy tissue.

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