Treatments for bladder cancer

If you have bladder cancer, your healthcare team will create a treatment plan just for you. It will be based on your health and specific information about the cancer. When deciding which treatments to offer for bladder cancer, your healthcare team will consider:

  • stage
  • grade
  • risk group
  • your performance status
  • other medical problems you have
  • what you prefer or want

Expert review and references

Treatments for early stage bladder cancer

Surgery and immunotherapy are the main treatments for stage 0 bladder cancer. Learn about treatment plans and options for stage 0 bladder cancer.

Treatments for stage 2 and stage 3 bladder cancer

Surgery and chemotherapy are the main treatments for stages 2 and 3 bladder cancer. Learn about treatment plans and options for stages 2 and 3 bladder cancer.

Treatments for metastatic bladder cancer

Surgery and chemotherapy are the main treatments for stage 4 bladder cancer. Learn about treatment plans and options for stage 4 bladder cancer.

Treatments for recurrent bladder cancer

Treatment of recurrent bladder cancer depends mainly on where the cancer recurs and past treatment. Learn about treatment of local or metastatic recurrence.

Surgery for bladder cancer

Surgery is the primary treatment for bladder cancer. Learn about trasnsurethral resection (TUR), cystectomy and urinary diversion.

Immunotherapy for bladder cancer

Immunotherapy is commonly used to treat bladder cancer. Learn how and when immunotherapy is used and which immunotherapy drugs are used.

Chemotherapy for bladder cancer

Chemotherapy is commonly used to treat bladder cancer. Learn how and when chemotherapy is used and which chemotherapy drugs are used.

Targeted therapy for bladder cancer

Targeted therapy is sometimes used to treat bladder cancer. It uses drugs to target specific molecules (such as proteins) on cancer cells or inside them.

Radiation therapy for bladder cancer

Bladder cancer is often treated with radiation therapy. Learn about radiation therapy – when it is used, how it is given.

Follow-up after treatment for bladder cancer

Follow-up after bladder cancer treatment varies. Learn about scheduled follow-up appointments and the procedures and tests that may be done.