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Bladder removal 'unnecessary'

21st January 2008

Experts have said that radiotherapy can be a better option than surgery for people with bladder cancer.

Doctors often opt to remove the whole bladder when the cancer is advanced but research by Cancer Research UK shows this should not necessarily be recommended as “gold standard� care as removing the bladder can treat the disease but may result in continence problems.
A team from the University of Leeds found that survival rates among bladder cancer patients treated with radiotherapy were the same as those who had the bladder removed.

 

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