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    How can bladder cancer be treated?

    Making the choice to undergo treatment is going to help people with their long term health. Deciding on the treatment is taking into consideration all of the health and age factors. It is true that this cancer can be treated much more successfully when it is found in the early stages of the cancer.

    The cancer treatments may consist of any of the following:

    • Chemotherapy to destroy the cancerous cells
    • Surgery
    • Immunotherapy to attack the cancer cells
    • Radiation therapy which uses high-dose x-rays to destroy cells

    When you first found out that you have been diagnosed with cancer it's likely you are going to be in shock and feel fearful as to whether or not it's treatable and whether or not it's going to change your lifestyle. Patients experience different feelings throughout this and they change quickly. There are some people who find comfort in gaining support from their peers. It's common that emotions will get in the person's way of making decisions about their health condition. The treatment cancer offers mental health services for psychological therapy reasons.

    Treatment Side Effects

    Most of the treatments for this cancer are going to give the patient some dramatic side effects although it is different for every person based on their health and age. There are many side effects that consist of a change in appetite. The patient is likely to feel nauseas, they may vomit, have mouth sores and lose their hair. They are at risk for getting an infection throughout their treatment. They may also experience some skin peeling.

    The severity of the side effects is going to depend on the stage of the cancer. Some of the men that are diagnosed with it may have difficulty in having an erection if their bladder has been removed as apart of treatment. The radiation treatment may cause some of the patients to feel nauseas, vomit and feel a lot of discomfort while urinating. Immunotherapy is going to cause some side effects depending on the medication that has been prescribed. There are many home treatments that will help the patients in managing their symptoms.

    Sexual Problems

    After a person has been diagnosed with cancer they may feel a bit differently about their body. They may experience both mental and physical changes toward their sexuality. They may not have as much sexual pleasure and they may lose their desire to be intimate. Women who've had their bladder removed are also going to have their ovaries removed. Unfortunately, they will no longer be able to have children and they may go through menopause after it has been removed, regardless of their age.

    Men are going to experience difficulty with an erection after having their prostate glands removed. They also will no longer be able to produce any semen. The way that you feel about your body is likely to change after you begin your treatment plan. There are many who experience some body image problems which they will talk about with their doctor. Support groups are helpful in this situation.

    Returning Bladder Cancer

    After the first treatments have been finished the patient must tend to follow up care because it's often that it comes back. The cancer has the potential to start up again in the bladder or it can spread throughout the body to other areas. If the cancer keeps happening, surgery may be the only option along with chemotherapy. It may be recommended by a doctor to participate in a clinical trial.

    Care after Treatment

    The treatment process consists of the cancer being cured and improving the life of the patient. Palliative care is a type of care that is going to improve the quality of life by keeping the symptoms under control. This type of care will help patients with some other concerns they might have in living with this type of condition.

    For some people who have cancer at an advanced stage, there comes a time when the treatment seems like it isn't a good choice due to the timing, costs of side effects; just because there is a change in treatment plan it doesn't mean that it is the end. The doctor will decide what the alternative is or when you will be ready for a different type of care.

    Deciding to stop a treatment plan is a huge decision to make. The plans are enhanced to prolong the life of the patient and shifting the focus may mean that it is the end of their lives.

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    How can bladder cancer be treated

    If there is still blood in the urine, the doctors have to be sure there isnt something else going on. In someone who passed a stone, the most likely thing would be that the stone has just moved, and maybe there is still some bleeding going on. *But in a smoker, it would be good thing to look. *If there is bladder cancer, it isnt that hard to treat 70 of the time. *Superficial bladder cancer is generally treated by a series of instillations of interferon or chemotherapy drugs into the bladder. *Cure is frequent, and even without cure, it can often be managed without a lot of trouble. *Polyps, either cancerous or non-cancerous, might also be bleeding. *If this is the case, they need to be removed. *A cystoscopy is a relatively easy procedure and should answer the questions. *I know, because Ive had several.

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