Alternate Therapies for Bladder Cancer
Your Integrated Care Team may recommend an alternate therapy for your bladder cancer if you are not a good candidate for traditional treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy. In some cases, alternate therapies are used as salvage therapies in the event your bladder cancer returns.
Your body’s natural defense system attacks bacteria, viruses and cancer cells. With immunotherapy, your own immune defenses are used to attack your bladder cancer.
Immunotherapy for bladder cancer in most cases uses the Bacille Calmette-Guerin vaccine (BCG), which is similar to the bacteria that cause tuberculosis.
Once injected, BCG attaches to the lining of your renal pelvis or ureter; your own immune cells fight both the germ and the tumor.