The urologists at Urology Associates provide exceptional treatment for bladder cancer in both men and women.
The overwhelming majority of bladder cancer (90%) is transitional cell carcinoma. Transitional cells make up the lining of the bladder which allow the bladder to expand and contract. Like all cancers, these cells become faulty causing them to grow out of control and potentially invade other parts of the body if not caught and treated early.
Cancer can affect anyone and does not discriminate. However, some cancers tend to affect certain populations more than others. One of the biggest risk factors for bladder cancer is smoking. Bladder cancer also tends to affect white males over the age of 40 years old most frequently. Other, less common, risk factors of bladder cancer include certain occupational exposures (rubber, leather, paints, auto workers, beauticians) and frequent bladder infections.
Some of the first symptoms include changes in urination, such as:
One of the most common symptoms of bladder cancer as it progresses, if painless, is blood in the urine (hematuria). In fact, between 80%-90% of patients with bladder cancer will have blood in their urine. Blood in the urine can be detected by analysis of the urine or be significant enough to be seen with the naked eye without any laboratory testing. Although other conditions can cause blood to be in the urine, a work up is often performed to rule out bladder cancer as a source.
Bladder cancer, like any cancer, can also present with non-specific symptoms such as night sweats, unintentional weight loss, excessive fatigue, lower abdominal or back pain.
Treatment depends on the type, amount, and distribution of bladder cancer. Other factors such as the overall individual’s health status are considered when determining treatment plans for bladder cancer.
Transurethral resection of a bladder tumor is a procedure in which the urologist diagnoses or treats a cancerous bladder tumor attached to the bladder wall.
A cystectomy with an ileal conduit is a procedure in which the urologist removes part of or the entire bladder and creates a new pouch to store urine.
Our physicians are experienced in treating the complete range of urologic conditions and diseases, from kidney stones and sexual dysfunction to prostate cancer, incontinence and infertility.