Non Muscle Invasive

When first diagnosed with bladder cancer most are overwhelmed.
Understanding what it means to your life and what to expect from treatment can be hard to imagine.
I would encourage you to post your questions and concerns in our forum
where you will find a large community that has been where you are today and once they have had time to heal and adjust the vast majority live full lives.
Use what you read here to form questions for your medical team in order to make informed decisions.
Making a list of your questions and taking someone to your doctor’s appointments to take notes can be very helpful.

Sometimes referred to as (Superficial Bladder Cancer) is when the cancer cells are contained in the bladder lining and have not invaded the muscle of the bladder.

Non-invasive bladder cancer has a very high survival rate.
According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology the five year survival rate for Non-invasive bladder cancer is 93%.
 
Non-Invasive bladder cancer is the most common to be diagnosed with over 70% being found at this stage. Proper treatment and surveillance is the key to heading off progression by catching a possible reoccurrence early.
 
Your pathology report will tell your doctor your cancers stage and grade and help guide him using that information and other factors in forming your treatment path.
The treatments for non muscle invasive bladder cancer are different than more advanced disease.
Non Muscle invasive bladder cancer is often treated using removal of the tumor and is some cases intravascular therapy.
This is when a catheter is used to place an anti cancer agent into your bladder to be held for a short time and then voided.
 
Get a second opinion from a major center that handles a high volume of bladder cancer as statistics show an advantage to dealing with a doctor and hospital that see a lot of bladder cancer patients.
Medical professionals are working on genetic tests and ways to identify individuals with an aggressive disease. Until the day this is established, vigilance is the best friend of someone with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer.
But until the day they are available vigilance is the best friend of someone with non muscle invasive bladder cancer.
Even if you have been clear for years you still need to have your scheduled checkups to make sure you status does not change.
Due to the high rate of reoccurrence associated with non-invasive bladder cancer it is very important to talk to your doctor about and comply with their recommendations for rechecks.
Reoccurrences that are caught early are the most treatable but left undetected could progress to more serious disease.

 

A library of further reading on these topics is provided below.

 

Further Reading Links

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From the American Bladder Cancer Society Second Opinion page

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From the American Bladder Cancer Society Tests and Procedures page

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From the American Bladder Cancer Society Staging and Grading page

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From the American Bladder Cancer Society Glossary page

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From the American Bladder Cancer Society Forum

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From Sloan Kittering Cancer Center

Non invasive bladder cancer treatment

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From WebMD
For some the only treatment that may be recommended will be the procedure called transurethral resection (TURBT) to remove the tumor.

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Depending on your diagnosis following your TURBT your Urologist may recommend a treatment plan using intravesical therapy. Intravesical therapy is when an anti cancer agent is instilled through a cathether directly into the bladder.

From the American Cancer Society
Intravesical Therapy

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From Cancer.net of the American Society of Clinical Onocology
Staging with Illustrations

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