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Bladder cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the bladder. Treatment options depend on the stage of bladder cancer. Three types of standard treatment are used: surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Intravesical (within the bladder) therapy is another less common treatment option which involves the instillation of an agent or biologic into the bladder. The use of intravesical therapy has been associated with improved survival. There has been a significant increase in the use of intravesical therapy for patients diagnosed with non-muscle invasive Ta G1-2 bladder cancer.
Percentage of individuals receiving intravesical therapy in non-muscle invasive bladder cancer.
Healthy People 2020 Target
- There are no Healthy People 2020 targets for cancer treatment, including bladder cancer treatment.
Healthy People 2020 is a set of goals set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services.
SEER Patterns of Care/Quality of Care Studies, National Cancer Institute, 1995 -2009.
|Overview Graph||Detailed Trend Graphs||Most Recent Estimates (2009)|
|Percent of patients||95% Confidence Interval|
|Ta G1-2||29.7||(22.3 - 37.1)|
|Other non-muscle invasive disease||39.9||(31.2 - 48.6)|
Additional Information on Bladder Cancer Treatment
For the public
- Bladder Cancer – General Treatment Information. American Cancer Society.
- Bladder Cancer Treatment (PDQ®).National Cancer Institute.
- What You Need to Know About™ Bladder Cancer. National Cancer Institute.
For health professionals
- Bladder Cancer Treatment (PDQ®). National Cancer Institute.
- Predictors of intravesical therapy for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer: results from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End-Results Program’s 2003 Patterns of Care Project. Huang GJ, Hamilton AS, Lo M, Stein JP, Penson DF. J Urol 2008;180(2):520–4.