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Chemotherapy

Methods for treating bladder cancer depend on several factors, including the stage of the disease, your age, and your general health.  Chemotherapy (chemo), which is the use of drugs to fight cancer, is one of three primary modes of treatment for bladder cancer, often used in conjunction with surgical procedures and radiation therapy.

Chemotherapy for bladder cancer is administered in two ways: either locally, where the drug is put directly into the area being treated (in this case the bladder with intravesical therapy); or systemically, where chemotherapy is injected into the bloodstream. Systemic chemotherapy is often used to treat bladder cancer in its advanced stages, when it has spread to other regions and organs.

The side effects of chemotherapy differ depending on the type of drugs used and other factors. For men, chemotherapy drugs cause nausea, hair loss, and infections. They may also lower the number of sperm cells, and affect their motility, which could result in infertility.

Your Skyline Urology physician will discuss with you the potential risks of your particular treatment, so that you can work together to manage any side effects or complications, and maximize recovery.