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Current research studies on bladder cancer are designed to answer important questions and to determine the safety and effectiveness of new approaches to treatment. Research scientists are currently studying surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biological therapy, and combinations of these types of treatments for bladder cancer.

Bladder Cancer Research: An Introduction

Doctors and scientists all over the country are conducting bladder cancer research. Research studies are designed to answer important questions and to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective. Research on bladder cancer has already led to many advances, and researchers are continuing to search for more effective methods for dealing with bladder cancer.
 
However, controlling bladder cancer remains a challenge, and scientists are continuing to search for more effective ways to treat this disease.
 

Current Focus of Research on Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer research doctors are currently studying surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biological therapy, and combinations of these types of treatments for bladder cancer.
 
Another area of research is photodynamic therapy. Photodynamic therapy uses drugs that work when exposed to light. After the cancer cells absorb the drug, the doctor will shine a special light inside the bladder through a cystoscope. The drug will then become active and kill the cancer cells. Photodynamic therapy causes little damage to healthy tissue.
 
Doctors also are studying whether large doses of vitamins or certain drugs may prevent bladder cancer from coming back after treatment. This is called bladder cancer chemoprevention.
 

Potential Benefits of Participation

In order for research on bladder cancer to be conducted, volunteers are needed. Patients who join research studies will have the first chance to benefit from bladder cancer treatments that have shown promise in earlier research. Patients who volunteer will also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about bladder cancer. Although research trials may pose some risks, researchers take very careful steps to protect their patients.
 
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