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THURSDAY, July 18, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- Invasive bladder cancer can be treated without removing the bladder, offering patients a better quality of life.
That's the conclusion of Massachusetts General Hospital researchers in a study published in the July issue of Urology.
The study says a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation has a long-term cure rate that equals that of bladder removal.
A third of all bladder cancers are invasive, which means the tumor penetrates the bladder's muscular layers. The standard method of treatment is to remove the bladder and nearby organs.
The National Cancer Institute has more information on bladder cancer.
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Updated on July 18, 2002