When you come to Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cancer Institute, you benefit from the latest treatment approaches in bladder cancer. Our bladder cancer specialists use robotic surgery to perform minimally invasive procedures. We also offer combination therapy and clinical trials. Your specific treatment plan depends on many factors, including the stage of the bladder cancer.
At the Cancer Institute, a team including experts in urology, radiation therapy, and oncology uses the latest techniques and technology to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. We work to destroy the cancer while saving as much of the bladder function as possible. We offer robust support services to keep you living the best quality of life during treatment.
Our team is experienced in treating patients who have early-stage or late-stage bladder cancer:
Our treatment plans include:
In most instances, a urologist treats bladder cancer by performing a minimally invasive surgery. Other times, we may use a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
At AHN, our experienced, skilled surgeons use minimally invasive procedures that require no incision at all or robotic surgery that uses tiny cuts instead of large incisions. These advanced techniques help you recover more quickly. Before your procedure, we will discuss pain management options with you.
We use this advanced therapy to save the bladder and stop cancer from coming back (recurrence). This therapy combines three elements: TURBT surgery, followed by radiation, chemotherapy, or both.
You may need radiation therapy (high-dose radiation beams directed at the tumor) before or after surgery as part of your treatment. We use advanced radiation treatments for bladder cancer that target the tumor while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.
The Cancer Institute is the only radiation oncology network accredited in western Pennsylvania by both the American Society for Radiation Oncology and American College of Radiology. These designations mean that the Cancer Institute meets specific guidelines for patient safety, quality control, and efficiency of equipment.
Our expert medical oncologists choose specific chemotherapy medications depending on the results of surgery. We may give the drugs before surgery to shrink the tumor and make it easier to remove or give the drugs after the surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells. We may give you these medications through:
Our advanced medical oncology therapies include: