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Chemoradiation Vs Radical Cystectomy

tommy86712
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Is there anybody out there who has some sucess stories about deciding to use the chemo and or radiation therapy instead of radical cystectomy? My 81 year old mother (generally good health) has a major decision to make soon. She has been diagnosed with Stage 2 or Stage 3 (aggresive) bladder cancer. The surgical oncologist reccomends cystectomy because of a higher success rate. I have been doing a lot of reading about both treatments, and have had a lot of different survival rates. Some say they are basically the same and some are like 60% to 40%. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Dear tommy86712,

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lmills
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Joined: Apr 2009

Hi Tommy86712, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer over 2 years ago, and since the cancer had breached the bladder wall I had little alternatives. Chemo and radiation would only prolong the inevitable and after much research ( I am a trained scientist) and discussion with professionals, I opted for the cystectomy. Fortunately, my lymph nodes were negative and the removal of the bladder went as well as possible. I have a urostomy which is a pain to have but I am alive and well. You learn how to handle emptying and changing the pouch and generally forget you are an ostomate. I belong to a support group of people whose ages range up into the 80's who have urostomys, colostomys and ileostomys and all are doing well. Once the surgery is over with and you begin the recuperation period life does go on. I support the surgery since taking on chemotherapy and/or radiation may be worse than the disease at this stage of your mother's age. The immune system takes such a beating and you subject yourself to other diseases that surgery offers a better alternative.
I will answer any questions you may have about the surgery and the follow-up, but whatever you decide on, best of luck. Lmills

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