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If bladder cancer penetrated the wall of the bladder, is there more chance of suvival if the bladder is removed?

By Anonymous January 10, 2012 - 4:25pm
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My husband was given chemo with the understanding that it would be more successful
to have chemo before removing his bladder and prostate. Now he doesn't want to go through the surgery. Is there a better chance of remission if he goes through the surgery?

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Yes, with the removal of the bladder, there is a better chance of remission.

I am assuming that the plan was to reduce the tumor size before attempting surgery or in the hope of avoiding surgery.

If chemotherapy alone has not eliminated cancer cells in the bladder and the cancer has penetrated the bladder walls, surgical removal may be his only option.

I was faced with a similar option. I was diagnosed with brain cancer. The tumor was the size of a soft ball. It was on the frontal lobe of my brain. Two courses of chemotherapy did not reduce the tumor enough to make surgery safe. I took a risk and had the surgery.

Two years following several surgeries, two courses of radiation and more chemotherapy, the cancer is in remission.

You and your husband will be in my prayers.


January 10, 2012 - 6:03pm
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