Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays or particles to destroy cancer cells. It is sometimes used to treat bladder cancer. Your healthcare team will consider your personal needs to plan the type and amount of radiation, and when and how it is given. You may also receive other treatments.
Radiation therapy is given for different reasons. You may have radiation therapy:
During external beam radiation therapy, a machine directs radiation through the skin to the tumour and some of the tissue around it. It is usually given 5 days a week, for 4–7 weeks. Palliative radiation therapy may be given for a shorter amount of time.
External beam radiation therapy is often given as well as chemotherapy after a transurethral resection (TUR). Doctors may try this combination of 3 treatments (called trimodal therapy) so that the bladder doesn’t need to be removed.
The Canadian Cancer Society provides helpful information about government income programs, financial resources and other resources available to families struggling to make sense of the personal financial burden they face.