Bladder cancer, a disease that has been linked to the use of Actos (pioglitazone), occurs when malignant cells form in the tissues of the bladder. Once bladder cancer has been diagnosed, there are a number of options that may determine the patient’s treatment plan. The main types of treatment for Actos bladder cancer are surgery, intravesical therapy and radiation therapy.
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Bladder Cancer Surgery
- Transurethral Resection (TUR) – Operation performed through the urethra that uses a lighted tube called a cystoscope to remove or destroy tumors in the bladder.
- Cystectomy – Surgery to remove the bladder. A cystectomy may be partial, where only a portion of the bladder is removed, or radical, where all the bladder is removed, as well as nearby lymph nodes, portions of the urethra, and other organs that may contain cancerous cells.
- Urinary Diversion – Surgery that creates a new way for the patient’s body to store urine. This is usually done with a pouch created inside the body from part of the intestinal tract, called a “continent reservoir.” When this is not possible, the surgeon may make an artificial opening, or “ileal conduit,” and the patient will wear an external bag to store urine outside of their body.
Side effects of Actos bladder cancer surgery may include:
- Bowel problems (constipation, diarrhea)
- Scar tissues that form inside the body after surgery
- Blockage in the intestines (bowel obstruction)
- In men, erectile dysfunction (ED)
With intravesical therapy, a liquid medicine is put directly into the bladder through a catheter, rather than taking it by mouth or injecting it intravenously into a vein. This may be either immunotherapy, which causes the body’s own immune system to attack the malignant cells, or chemotherapy.
Drugs administered via intravesical therapy mainly affect cells lining the inside of the bladder, with little to no effect on cells in other parts of the body. This means that any cancer cells outside of the bladder lining, including those that have traveled into the wall of the bladder, are not treated. Medicines put directly into the bladder are also unable to reach cancer cells in the kidneys, ureters and urethra, or those that have migrated to other organs in the body. For these reasons, intravesical therapy is typically only used for non-invasive (stage 0) or minimally invasive (stage I) bladder cancer.
Radiation Therapy for Bladder Cancer
Radiation therapy utilizes high-dose X-rays to kill bladder cancer cells. This type of treatment may be used alone, prior to surgery, or after surgery to destroy any remaining malignant cells. Radiation therapy may also be performed if the patient is unable to undergo surgery.
Do I Have an Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit?
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