Bladder Cancer

Duke’s bladder cancer specialists use the latest medical and surgical advances to treat bladder cancer at every stage, including non invasive, invasive and metastatic. Sophisticated techniques target treatment of your bladder tumor and minimize disruption to healthy tissue. If needed, our skilled surgeons perform complex surgeries and reconstructions to preserve function. Whenever possible, we match your type of bladder cancer to our ongoing clinical trials to ensure you get the best care available.

Medical Advances in Bladder Cancer

If you or someone you know is concerned about bladder cancer, you need a team that uses the most effective techniques and treatments, and minimizes the chances that you will need complex surgery.

Doctors and surgeons in our nationally ranked cancer center, one of only a few National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, care for all types of bladder cancer patients daily. Our nationally ranked oncologists and urologists regularly test new therapies and explore substances called biomarkers to better understand bladder cancer and how it responds to different treatments. If bladder cancer has spread into the muscle layer of your bladder, our oncologists and surgeons ensure you get the best treatment possible. That may mean chemotherapy and/or surgery. We want to improve your quality of life and your survival.

Choose Duke for your bladder cancer treatment because we offer:

  • A nationally ranked program. We are consistently ranked among the best cancer programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We are also part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving care for our patients.
  • Expertise and many options for care. We are one of the top centers in the Southeast for bladder cancer care. We offer the treatments you need, from the least invasive to the most complex surgeries.
  • Same-day scheduling. If you have a diagnosis of advanced bladder cancer, our doctors collaborate to offer same-day appointments for oncology, surgery, and imaging. Whenever possible, we see you within a week of your contacting us. You leave with a comprehensive treatment plan.
  • Personalized care. We match your bladder cancer care to the type of bladder cancer you have. This ensures you receive the most effective treatments available.
  • Access to clinical trials. You may have access to clinical trials that provide advanced treatments before they become available at other centers.
  • A comforting environment. Our Duke Cancer Center features spacious waiting areas, a Quiet Room, large infusion rooms, and a rooftop garden area where patients — based on their treatment regimen — can receive chemotherapy outdoors.
  • More options for milder treatments. If your cancer is within your bladder and has not spread into muscle layers, we offer more in-bladder surgical treatment options than most other cancer centers. This technique allows us to use your natural opening rather than making a surgical cut.
  • A team of specialists. Our urologic, radiation and medical oncologists, work together with ostomy and specialty nursing and psychologists to carefully monitor your cancer and provide the best treatment options.
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery. We are one of just a handful of U.S. centers that has an enhanced recovery program that adheres to guidelines to keep you healthier and get you back to the comfort of home sooner. This program is designed to reduce your in-hospital time and lessen the chance for complications, as well as monitor your need for pain medication and fluid levels for digestion.
  • Support for you and your family. Our comprehensive cancer support services range from helping patients minimize the side effects of treatment to coping with the emotional and psychological effects of diagnosis and treatment. View all of our cancer support groups in our event calendar.  



Finding bladder cancer early and getting an accurate diagnosis is key to your health and outcomes.

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