Bladder Cancer Survival Rates Improves With Chemotherapy Before Or After Surgery

By on April 14, 2014

A new study has found out that going for chemotherapy before or after bladder cancer surgery improves the survival rates.

Actually, going for chemotherapy is one of the guidelines for treatment of bladder cancer. But, unfortunately in most of the cases, it is not followed in treatment process.

According to clinical trials, survival rates improve with going for chemotherapy before having muscle-invasive bladder cancer surgery.

But, there isn’t any strong evidence to show that survival rate improvement with post surgery chemotherapy.

This study was done Christopher Booth, MD, FRCPC, of the Queen’s University Cancer Research Institute in Canada. This study concentrated on both pre and post surgery chemotherapy.

Bladder Cancer Survival Rates - ChemotherapyFor this research, records of 2944 patient who have undergone surgery for bladder cancer in Ontario during the time period of 1994 and 2008 were examined.

According to the study, there were stable 4% of patients, who had pre-surgery chemotherapy during this period. This 4% itself provided evidence that there was an improvement in survival rate.

The usage of post-surgery chemotherapy has increased gradually from 16% to 22% during this period. During 1994 to 96 it was 16%, during 1997 to 2003 it improved to 18%, and during the period of 2004 to 08 it improved to 22%. This provided enough proof that survival rates also improves with post-surgery chemotherapy.

Dr. Booth said that survival rates also improve by undergoing chemotherapy after bladder cancer surgery at same rate as that of having chemotherapy before surgery. Thus, patients should have chemotherapy before or after bladder cancer surgery.

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