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Bladder Cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. It’s not entirely known why but many doctors believe it has to do with lifestyle and eating habits. In some cases, it’s even genetic.

Usually, surgery is the first suggested treatment. The goal is to remove the tumor on the bladder or the bladder altogether, but there are some less invasive treatments available.

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Treatments & Medications for Bladder Cancer

Some possible alternatives to surgery is biological therapy, targeted therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Although not as effective as surgery, these treatments have been successful in treating bladder cancer. At this point, you’ve probably researched your symptoms online and come to a conclusion about your condition.

Maybe you’ve entered queries like “where to get bladder cancer treatment near me” or “urological oncologist near me.” If this is you Advanced Urology in Atlanta is here for you. Call Advanced Urology today at 678-344-8900 to learn more about treatment options and make an appointment.

Supplements or Natural Products for Bladder Cancer

For bladder cancer, like any cancer, there is no natural alternative to conventional medicine although there are natural remedies that can help with your treatment plan and keep your body healthy enough to fight the cancer. Herbal supplements and vitamins haven’t been proven to affect recovery but there is data that show an increase in bladder health. The most common are:

  • Vitamin D – A vitamin D deficiency has been known to be a symptom of bladder cancer. Taking a vitamin D supplement will help overall health as well.
  • Korean Ginseng – An ancient cherished root, Korean Ginseng has been attributed to good health and longevity. There has been some tests that have shown that men who take Korean Ginseng have experienced better results in bladder health and less risk of bladder cancer.
  • Echinacea A special herb attributed to supporting the immune system. As your bladder cancer is treated, your immune system will be compromised. This herb will keep your immunity strong and you healthy.

What to Do When Alternative Methods Don’t Work

If you feel that your treatment or medication hasn’t been effective in fighting your bladder cancer, contact your doctor or specialist immediately. More than likely, the tumor will need to be removed through bladder cancer surgery but you may require further treatment if the cancer has spread.

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Nonsurgical Treatments for Bladder Cancer in Atlanta, GA

Surgery always has its risks. Infection, bleeding, and immune complications can compromise your overall health, especially if you have bladder cancer. Some people may choose to treat their bladder cancer with less invasive medical methods. Fortunately, there are several procedures that have proven to be effective.

  • Radiation Therapy – Using high-powered energy beams like x-ray, doctors are have been successful in targeting and eradicating the cancer. This is especially helpful against recurring cancer.
  • Chemotherapy –  Cancer fighting drugs are entered through the body either intravenously (through the veins), or directly into the bladder through a tube inserted into the urethra. Usually, this method is used in conjunction with others including surgery to ensure the cancer is clear of the body.
  • Biological Therapy – Also known as immunotherapy, uses your own immune system to fight the cancer on its own.

These procedures have various advantages for people who are prone to illness, have an aversion to surgery or if the tumor is relatively small.