If you are facing bladder cancer, the physicians of Rogue Valley Urology can provide the treatment and follow-up care you need to remain healthy.
Bladder cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the United States. It often begins in the cells that line the inside of your bladder, which is a balloon-shaped organ located in your pelvic area that stores urine. When bladder cells grow abnormally, they develop mutations that cause them to grow out of control and form a tumor. It is the type of bladder cell where cancer begins that determines the type of bladder cancer you have and the treatments that will work best for you.
While bladder cancer typically affects older adults, it can occur at any age. Most bladder cancers are diagnosed at an early stage, when it is highly treatable. However, even early-stage bladder cancer is likely to recur. Therefore, we will continue to monitor you for several years after your treatment to look for any signs of bladder cancer recurrence.
Symptoms of Bladder Cancer
The most common symptoms of bladder cancer include:
- Blood in urine
- Frequent or painful urination
- Back or pelvic pain
When to See Your Doctor
If you experience any symptoms that worry you, do not hesitate to contact your doctor. Blood in your urine, even if occurring without pain, is a potential warning sign of bladder cancer and should not be ignored.
Causes of Bladder Cancer
Factors that may increase your risk of bladder cancer include:
- Older age
- Being a white male
- Exposure to certain chemicals
- Previous cancer treatment
- Taking a certain diabetes medications
- Chronic bladder inflammation
- Parasitic infection
- Personal or family history of cancer
Treatment for Bladder Cancer
How we treat your bladder cancer depends on the type and stage of the cancer, your overall health, and your preferences. We can discuss your options and determine what treatments are best for you. These may include:
- Surgical procedures
- Biological therapy, also known as immunotherapy
- Radiation therapy
- The American Urological Association’s webpage on Bladder Cancer.
- You can also view the National Cancer Institute’s online booklet, What You Need To Know About Bladder Cancer, to learn about bladder cancer staging tests, treatment, and questions to ask your doctor.
- For women facing bladder cancer, the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network has a variety of information and resources just for you.