Treating Bladder Cancer

At Scott & White, You’re Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart

As a bladder cancer patient at Scott & White, in addition to having a highly experienced Integrated Care Team, you’ll also benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.

Led by senior staff, our multidisciplinary board consists of genitourinary cancer experts who discuss available approaches to care and formulate patient-specific treatment plans. This treatment planning helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.

Personalized, comprehensive care is our mission. And it’s the basis of the Scott & White Bladder Cancer Program. Our surgical, radiation and medical oncologists are nationally recognized experts in the clinical care and management of bladder cancer. They have wide-ranging experience in the most up-to-date and progressive techniques and treatments for your cancer of the bladder.

As a Scott & White patient, you’ll also benefit from having a multidisciplinary team — your Integrated Care Team — working together to provide you with the best care possible at all stages of your cancer treatment.

Scott & White is a good choice because we offer just about everything that there is to offer. Additionally, we do it with a little more personal care than a lot of systems offer. The physicians here at Scott & White are given leeway by the leadership to spend additional time with patients, to give them individualized care and help them with whatever treatment option they choose.

— Patrick Lowry, MD, Urology; Chief – Section of Laparoscopy and Endourology

The members of your Integrated Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:

Integrated Care Team members receive training in the most up-to-date surgical, radiation and medical therapies. And because Scott & White is a research institute and a teaching hospital, our oncologists can offer you the most advanced treatments available. We lead the way in developing new therapies.

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Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You

Sophisticated cancer care takes teamwork. That’s why Scott & White promotes a collaborative environment.

Your Integrated Care Team will met to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you’d like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.

Together, you and your lead physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.

Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.

Following active treatment, your Integrated Care Team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.

Your Treatment Options

At Scott & White, we explore every treatment option, considering surgical and nonsurgical alternatives. In many cases, your cancer treatment will include a combination of approaches. Treatment options include:

Factors That Impact Your Treatment

Your treatment options for bladder cancer generally depend on these factors:

  • Type and stage of your bladder cancer
  • Size and location of your tumor
  • How fast your tumor is growing
  • Severity of your symptoms
  • Your age and general health
  • Your personal preference

When I see patients, they do tend to have a lot of questions — a lot of unanswered questions at that point — and so the first appointment tends to be a fairly extensive appointment, at which time we talk about the disease, the disease process, what to expect, and what we can do to help them.

— Christal Murray, MD, Hematology/Oncology

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