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Can bladder cancer be cured?


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  • lwsb
    8 months ago

    I was diagnosed with small cell bladder cancer 3 years ago. Yes that is a rare one and the word cure is never used on this cancer. I just try to look at it as a day by day thing…i have a ct scan coming up for my 2 1/2 years since chemo and my operation. I am hoping for an all clear and then a 6 months of getting on with my life. Who knows. No one does….just glad to be here!

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    8 months ago

    Hi @lwsb, a rare cancer diagnosis can be difficult to cope with, and adds another layer to these discussions regarding “cures”. Good to hear that you’re taking things day by day. Sometimes it’s all you can do. Keep us posted on how the upcoming ct scan goes. I’m rooting for the “all clear” for you too! Keep in touch. -Sarah (BladderCancer.net Team Member)

  • Renata Louwers
    9 months ago

    I think “cure” is a complicated word that should be used cautiously. We were told that my first husband was cured, only to have his cancer return two years later with a vengeance as metastatic disease. We really had put it out of our minds as a high risk because the word “cured” was used. I do think many people are cured of bladder cancer. The trouble is, it is hard to know if you are one of them until you’ve gone many years with a recurrence.

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    9 months ago

    Renata, I completely agree that “cure” is a complicated word and should be used with caution. I’ve followed your journey through your writing, and how shocking it was to hear “metastatic” after being told he was “cured”. Such an important reason for the cancer community not to take this word lightly. Your experience is so valuable to this discussion. -Sarah (BladderCancer.net Team Member)

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    9 months ago

    Whether you’re a newly diagnosed patient or caring for someone with bladder cancer, this question is probably something you’ve wondered. Can I be cured? To tackle this question, I’d like to look a bit closer at what the cancer community means by “cure” and its distinction from cancer “remission”. According to the National Cancer Institute, “cure” means that there are no traces of cancer and that the cancer will never return. “Remission” takes place when cancer signs and symptoms have been reduced either partially or completely. Some doctors may consider your cancer to be cured if you have been in complete remission for 5 or more years.

    To tie this back to bladder cancer, treatment can cure bladder cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Treatment options for bladder cancer may include surgery, BCG intravesical immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and more (https://bladdercancer.net/treatment/). However, the likelihood of being cured often depends on the the diagnosis – the type of cancer and how quickly the cancer has spread.

    We do have some additional information about bladder cancer prognosis and statistics here (https://bladdercancer.net/basics/prognosis-survival-rate/). The National Cancer Institute resource can be found here (https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/diagnosis-staging/prognosis). What is your experience with bladder cancer? Have you heard a different definition of cancer “cure”? Would like to hear in the comments below!

    -Sarah (BladderCancer.net Team Member)

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