Intravesical BCG

What is Intravesical BCG?

Intravesical BCG is a medical procedure performed to treat bladder tuberculosis, and more often, bladder cancer. It is adopted for the treatment of a specific type of bladder ca...

How does it help?

This medical procedure is extremely helpful in treating early-stage bladder cancer. It also prevents cancer from recurring.

How is it done?

What are the benefit and risks of this procedure?

Intravesical administration of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), has become a mainstay to treat bladder cancer, but it has a few risks associated with it.  

The advantages of this surgery are:

  • The surgery is minimally invasive.
  • The drug used in this procedure does not have any major effect on other parts of the body.
  • Reduced chance of infection.
  • The vaccine also boosts your immune s...

The risks associated with this surgery are:


Bladder irritation, fever, increased urination, blood in urine, bone pain, rashes, ureteral obstruction, bladder contraction, and renal abscesses.

One of the major limitations of this procedure is that it does not treat any cancerous cell outside of bladder lining, or the ones grown deeply into the bladder. The drugs put into the bladder cannot reach cancerous cells in other organs, such as kidneys, ureters, and urethra, which may be affec...

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