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Get the Facts About Bladder Cancer

BCAN is pleased to provide these plain language tips from patients about what to expect before, during and after common bladder cancer procedures. “Get the Facts” were developed with guidance by BCAN’s Survivorship Working Group.

What do they use to diagnose bladder cancer?

What is a cystoscopy? | Cistoscopia (español)

What does a urine test do?

Urine testing and bladder cancer

What do they use to treat bladder cancer?

What is a TURBT? | TURBT (español)

What is BCG and how is it used?


What is a radical cystectomy (bladder removal)?

What-is-radical-cystectomy? | Cistectomia Radical (español)

What types of urinary diversions are there?

What is an ileal conduit? Conducto Ileal (español)

What-is-an-IP ? | Bolsa de Indiana (español)

What is a neobladder?  | Neovejiga (español)

What is immunotherapy?

What-is-Immunotherapy? | Immunoterapia (español)

How is advanced or metastastic bladder cancer treated?

What is advanced bladder cancer?

How is advanced bladder cancer treated?

What is palliative care?


Expert Explanations are available for the following topics:

Bladder Preservation with Combined-Modality Therapy (CMT) | An Expert Explanation (English)

Preservacion de Vejiga con La Terapia Trimodal (TMT) (español)

Expert Explanation | Intravesical Therapy with BCG (English)

Explanacion del Experto de Terapia Intravesical (español)