Radiochemotherapy in Locally Invasive Non-Metastatic Carcinoma of the Bladder

  • J. L. Brod
  • R. Kühn
  • W. Schafhauser
  • K. M. Schrott


We therefore believe that our therapeutic concept is a true alternative to primary cystectomy, with comparable survival rates. We observed a high rate of functional organ preservation in long-term survivors (79% with complete remission (CR) after 5 years). Radiation bladders were rare at doses not exceeding 60 Gy. Age and co-morbidity were not exclusion criteria. Presence of a competent and cooperative radiotherapy department is a precondition to preventing akinetic radiation bladders. Continuous life-long follow-up is necessary.2 Cystectomy, together with modern urinary diversions, is still necessary; it is performed in non-responders and in patients with muscle-invasive recurrences.


Bladder Cancer Radical Cystectomy Positive Resection Margin Comparable Survival Rate Radiation Cystitis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Brod
    • 1
  • R. Kühn
    • 1
  • W. Schafhauser
    • 1
  • K. M. Schrott
    • 1
  1. 1.University Department of UrologyFriedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-NurembergGermany

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