Bladder Cancer Transitional Cell Treatment
Treatment for transitional cell carcinoma may include chemotherapy or surgery. Chemotherapy uses medications that either kill cancer cells directly, or interfere with their metabolism.
Specific treatment of transitional cell carcinoma may include:
- Surgery for transitional cell carcinoma:
- The kidney may be removed if the tumor is in the kidney.
- Based on the position and size of the tumor, endoscopic treatment may be an option.
- Topical immunotherapy and chemotherapy:
- Instillation of medication directly into the genitourinary system
- BCG immunotherapy
- Chemotherapy for transitional cell carcinoma:
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Medications for nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy include:
Bladder Cancer Transitional Cell Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of transitional cell carcinoma.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce the risk of the cancer spreading?
- Will my children have this condition?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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