There were so many things that were part of this miracle that I've experienced, but MD Anderson was definitely one of the biggest parts.
This team, which includes medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, as well as a specially trained support staff, works together closely to provide comprehensive, but personalized care every step of the way.
And, they target bladder cancer with the very latest leading-edge technology and techniques for diagnosis and treatment, many of which are available at only a few cancer centers in the nation. These include:
- Laparoscopic robotic surgery
- Advanced reconstruction techniques
- Innovative and personalized chemotherapy
- Immunotherapy, including BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin)
MD Anderson surgeons are among the most experienced in the nation in bladder cancer procedures. This can make a crucial difference in your chances for successful treatment and recovery.
We offer early detection and chemoprevention for those at high risk of developing bladder cancer. And we are particularly experienced in the management of high-risk, complex bladder cancer cases, especially those that have returned after treatment.
And, at MD Anderson you're surrounded by the strength of one of the nation's largest and most experienced comprehensive cancer centers, which has all the support and wellness services needed to treat the whole person – not just the disease.
We are proud to be one of the few cancer centers in the nation to house a prestigious federally funded bladder cancer SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) program. As one of the world's largest cancer research centers, MD Anderson is leading the investigation into new methods of bladder cancer diagnosis and treatment. Each patient benefits from the most advanced research, delivered as rapidly as possible.
Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about bladder cancer, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.
Did you Know?
Smoking is a major risk factor for bladder cancer.
BY MD Anderson
March 30, 2015
Last May, doctors in Iowa City, Iowa, gave Gerry Vilmont just five months to live. He’d just received his bladder cancer diagnosis a few days before, and he and his wife, Cheryle, were crushed.
That’s when Gerry’s daughter and her then-fiancé went online and found MD Anderson.
Today, thanks to bladder cancer advances at MD Anderson, Gerry is cancer-free and back enjoying life in Iowa.
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