Bladder cancer care in the UK is currently suffering from a lack of both research funding for new treatments and awareness of the condition. The symptoms of bladder cancer are often being missed or ignored because people don’t realise that they could be signs of a serious condition. Even when people do seek help, they are often being left waiting to start treatment for bladder cancer. A new campaign to raise awareness of the condition has now been launched by Fight Bladder Cancer (UK) to address these issues, with the Kelpies statue in Falkirk being specially lit up in orange to highlight the problem in Scotland. Although greater awareness is needed across the UK, the problem is particularly severe in Scotland, where the five year survival rate is just 34%, compared to 48% for the country as a whole.
Chemotherapy is often recommended as part of treatment for bladder cancer. Although the treatment can be given in several different ways, one of the most common options is intravesical chemotherapy. This means that the chemotherapy drugs will be given into your bladder through a catheter.