Treating Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer


What is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer often begins in the cells that line the inside of the bladder – the part of your body that holds and releases urine. Bladder cancer can occur at any age, but most commonly affects older adults.
There are several types of bladder cancer, including transitional cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. The type of bladder cancer is determined by what cells in the bladder have been affected. While the cause of bladder cancer is not certain, risk factors include smoking, having a parasitic infection, and exposure to radiation or chemicals.

Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

There are several symptoms of bladder cancer. Some common ones include:
  • Blood in the urine
  • Frequent or painful urination
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal or back pain
It is important to see your doctor if any of the above symptoms persist. In some cases these symptoms may suggest bladder cancer, but they can also be signs of another health condition.

Diagnosing Bladder Cancer

If you have symptoms of bladder cancer or your doctor suspects you may have a form of it, he or she may order tests to confirm a diagnosis. Some common tests may include:
  • Cystoscopy
  • Bladder tissue biopsy
  • Urine cytology
  • Imaging tests
If you are diagnosed with bladder cancer, your doctor will then determine the stage of the cancer. This may involve additional imaging tests.

Treating Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is highly treatable if detected at an early stage. When treating bladder cancer, there are several factors your doctor will consider, such as your general health, the kind of bladder cancer you have and whether it has spread.
Typically, surgery to remove the tumor or the affected part of the bladder is the initial treatment. If the cancer has invaded the deeper layers of the bladder wall, your doctor may consider removing the entire bladder or creating a new way for urine to leave the body. Other treatments may include biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Learn More

You can learn more about bladder cancer, patient support, and research at the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network web site.


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