Treatment question

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Hi, I have been diagnosed with bladder cancer which so far is confined to the bladder. However, it is a large and aggressive tumour.

I have been told that I am going to need a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to shrink the tumour and then an operation to remove my bladder.

However, I've also been told that if the chemotherapy and radiotherapy does not succeed in shrinking the tumour, then there is nothing else that can be done for me. My bladder won't be removed and there will be no further treatment.

Obviously I'm hoping and praying that the tumour does shrink and my bladder can be removed but surely if it doesn't shrink, there must be some other course of treatment to try?

Any help from anyone would be really appreciated.

Thank you 

  • Hi  and welcome to the group. Sorry to hear you have bladder cancer. Have you been given a stage and grade ? Generally for muscle invasive BC it is either or. Either chemo and chemoradiotherapy or chemo and bladder removal. Do you have a CNS you can call for more clarification? Best wishes.

    Best wishes to All,   rily.

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  • Hi Rily, thanks for your reply. It is locally advanced muscle invasive PT1. I'm just feeling a bit lost at the moment because it seems like I have to pin all my hopes on the chemo shrinking the tumour and if it doesn't, then there is no hope.

  • Hi xxJDxx,Welcomw to the group.I’m sorry you are in this situation.Do you know why there would be no treatment if they cannot remove your bladder ? They do sometimes offer immunotherapy if cystectomy is not an option.Is it worth.seeking a second opinion ? I hope you start treatment soon and are able to have a cystectomy.Best wishes Jane x v