Since radical cystectomy is a 100% cure for bladder cancer that has not spread outside the bladder this is the option that most would prefer . While it is not easy surgery the fact that it completely removes the site of the cancer is very important . People who have had this surgery have learned to live very complete lives with whichever urinary diversion they choose . We have had people on this for him who do scuba diving in and racecar driving .
Radiation has sometimes been used to treat bladder cancer but in many circles it is still considered experimental and the results have not been what patients have wanted. It also sometimes makes subsequent surgery more difficult .
If I were in your situation, and since it is been nine years since my diagnosis I have had time to do a lot of thinking about this, I would want to get rid of my bladder as quickly as I could before the cancer had time to spread elsewhere.
Wishing you all the best
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
I'm a 71 year old female and have been recently diagnosed with muscle invasive bladder cancer. I'm looking for a way to save my bladder. Urologist wants to remove it ASAP. TURBT on 9/22. Per report, could not remove all. Awaiting pathology report.