I have two friends who have been diagnosed with BC and now live without a bladder. It can be done but I would encourage you to do everything you can to keep your bladder if you have been diagnosed with NMIBC.
While the two articles linked and excerpted below provide a good overview of TURBT, cystectomy, etc. as a cancer survivor I would like to add evidence-based, non-conventional BC therapies.
Curcumin, Resveratrol, Green Tea Extract and other antioxidants all have been shown by research to kill bladder cancer. I supplement with all three of these antioxidants and though my cancer is different from BC, I believe that my long-term remission is due in part to my non-toxic, anti-cancer lifestyle.
Have you been diagnosed with bladder cancer? If so, what stage? If you are interested in learning more about evidence-based, non-toxic therapies for bladder cancer, please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
““The aim of treating NMIBC is avoid the loss of the bladder and to prevent recurrence and progression to muscle-invasive disease…”
Foremost is to counsel smokers with confirmed bladder cancer to stop smoking…”
Following TURBT, intra-vesicle instillation and monitoring are employed to prevent recurrence or to control low-risk lesions. Although many drugs are under investigation, including valrubicin, gemcitabine, taxanes, interferon, and apaziquone (EOquin; Qapzola), the standard chemotherapy currently used is mytomycin C, with alternate choices of epirubicin (Ellence) or doxorubicin (Adriamycin)…
“There is no optimal intravascular treatment because there is no one type of NMIBC or one type of patient; several approaches are being used.”
Intra-vesicle immunotherapy may also be used in early-stage NMIBC, which consists of directly inserting the live Bacillus Chalmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine into the bladder through a catheter, causing cells of the immune system to converge on the bladder and be activated by the BCG to attack the bladder cancer cells. Although BCG can be used for long-term maintenance, its use may be limited by unavailability or patient intolerance…”
“This section tells you the treatments that are the standard of care for this type of cancer. “Standard of care” means the best treatments known. When making treatment plan decisions, patients are encouraged to consider clinical trials as an option…”