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Is BCG therapy effective for early stage bladder cancer?

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For the last 2 years of repeated BCG therapy, my early stage bladder cancer kept reoccurring with
need for repeated TUR surgery. Are there any other options with a more promising outcome? And how
effective is Bacillus Calmette-Guerin therapy really?
Tue, 29 May 2018 in Cancer
 
 
Answered by Dr. Esmeralda Sera 55 minutes later
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Bladder cancer

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for asking

BCG treatment it’s very effective in early stage of bladder cancer despite the side effects

May be in your case if the cancer keep regretting than Cystectomy (removal of the bladder) is considered . cystectomy can be used when many superficial cancers or when a superficial cancer continues to grow (or seems to be spreading) despite treatment.

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