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Radiotherapy ‘is effective in treating bladder cancer’

9th October 2013

Radiotherapy has been found to be an effective treatment for aggressive bladder cancer in a new Cancer Research UK-backed study.

Research published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics has revealed that two different approaches to providing radiotherapy can adequately control the disease, with a low risk of severe side effects.

Both radiotherapy on the whole bladder and targeted treatment focused on the tumour were shown to help prevent the cancer from returning in an aggressive form – moreover, after five years of follow-up, survival rates were around 40 per cent for both approaches.

It means that radiotherapy could be a useful alternative to invasive surgery to remove the bladder.

Dr Robert Huddart, lead investigator of the study at the Institute of Cancer Research, said: "The introduction of image-guided radiotherapy and more sophisticated ways of giving radiotherapy will hopefully further reduce any side effects that patients experience."

About 10,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer in the UK every year, with older people being more susceptible to the disease.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801647764-ADNFCR

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