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Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer

We are committed to providing you with bladder cancer treatment that gives you the best potential for a cure.

Bladder Cancer Treatment

The most common form of bladder cancer is urothelial carcinoma, also called transitional cell carcinoma. When you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, you will have questions and want answers quickly. Many people diagnosed with bladder cancer are especially concerned about quality of life during and after treatment. At Ackerman Cancer Center, our experienced radiation oncologists will design a customized treatment plan that preserves your quality of life and minimizes side effects.

Although surgery is often recommended for bladder cancer treatment, some people are either unable to undergo surgery or would like to preserve their bladder. In these instances, a combination approach of chemotherapy and radiation therapy is recommended. This nonsurgical approach is best for patients who have:

  • Muscle-invasive bladder tumors
  • Localized tumors that have not spread
  • One tumor site that has been locally resected
  • The ability to tolerate chemotherapy and radiation therapy

If you have questions about bladder cancer treatment options, call us today at 904-880-5522.

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Treatment options for bladder cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination approach.

  • Proton Therapy

    Proton therapy is one of the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available today. In traditional photon radiation, the X-ray beams travel through the tumor, destroying both cancerous and healthy tissue along the way. Proton therapy provides a more efficient solution by utilizing charged particles (protons) to penetrate the tissue and deposit nearly all of their energy directly at the tumor site, thereby reducing damage to surrounding areas.

    Ackerman Cancer Center is proud to be the world’s first private practice offering its own proton beam technology. Though proton therapy is not right for every patient, the radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center will consider all options when developing your personalized treatment plan.

    Learn more about proton therapy

  • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

    IMRT uses beams of radiation from multiple angles, and of varying intensities, to conform to the shape of the tumor. IGRT utilizes 3-D images to monitor the tumor’s exact location during treatment. These technologies work together to reduce exposure to healthy tissues and minimize side effects of treatment.

Research on Proton for Bladder Cancer

Proton Beam Therapy for Invasive Bladder Cancer

International Journal of Radiation Oncology

This article presents the outcomes of a study that explores the use of proton therapy to preserve bladder function in patients with invasive bladder cancer. The results of the study show that proton therapy was ...

What to Expect

Being diagnosed with cancer raises many questions. Learn what to expect during cancer treatment here.

For more information about the Ackerman Cancer Center and its available treatment options, please call 904-880-5522.