Newer treatments for non-invasive bladder cancer
Some newer treatments are being tested for non-invasive bladder cancer. Because these are still experimental, they’re usually only available within clinical trials. If your urologist thinks a clinical trial may be helpful for you, they can refer you to the hospital carrying it out.
Microwave hyperthermia (heat) and intravesical chemotherapyBack to top
In this treatment, a fine probe applies microwave heat to the bladder lining. At the same time, chemotherapy is given into the bladder. Trials are still trying to find out if using microwave heat makes chemotherapy that’s given into the bladder work better.
Electromotive intravesical chemotherapyBack to top
Some trials involve giving the chemotherapy drug mitomycin into the bladder with a technique called electromotive stimulation. An electrical current is passed through the bladder so that the cells absorb more of the chemotherapy drug.
Interferon is a drug that stimulates the body’s immune system to attack the cancer cells. Some research shows that giving it with lower doses of BCG may stop the cancer coming back in people who haven’t been helped by BCG alone. More research needs to be done, as it’s not clear how effective this combined treatment is.