Bladder Chemotherapy Instillation
What is Bladder Chemotherapy Instillations?
Bladder Chemotherapy Instillations, or intravesical (en-trah-VEH-si-kal) chemotherapy, are given to people who have superficial bladder cancer by filling the bladder with medication to fight the cancer cells. Although superficial bladder cancers are an early form of cancer, many will recur after initial removal. However, by using treatment which puts medication directly in contact with the bladder wall, it may be possible to prevent recurrence or lengthen the time until recurrence.
Receiving intravesical chemotherapy is a brief procedure that is usually painless. A catheter, a small, flexible tube, will be put into your bladder through your urethra. The medicine will be instilled over 2 to 3 minutes and the catheter removed. Note the time on your watch. You are then free to leave the clinic. You should hold the medicine in your bladder however long your nurse or doctor tells you to, but no longer - usually 1 or 2 hours. When you urinate the medication after the required amount of time, be careful not to have the medication come in contact with your skin and always wash your hands and genitals well, using soap and lots of water.
When administered as a bladder instillation, chemotherapy can cause inflammation of the bladder which could cause you to have pain on urination, frequency and urgency of urination, and sometimes a small amount of blood in the urine. These effects usually resolve after a day or two. Bladder chemotherapy instillation's do NOT cause side effects such as hair loss, nausea, or vomiting sometimes associated with other methods of receiving chemotherapy.
If problems do occur or for more information on bladder chemotherapy instillation's, call the Urology Clinic at (734) 936-7030, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.