Located in the pelvic area, the bladder is an expandable organ that stores urine. Bladder cancer occurs when cells in the bladder (most commonly the cells that line the bladder called transitional cells) grow abnormally.
Treatment success for bladder cancer is very dependent on the experience and skill of the surgeon performing the operation; surgery is often a key part of treatment for bladder cancer.
The surgeons at Advanced Urology are all experts in the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer, and have a dedicated center of excellence devoted to bladder cancer. We utilize cutting-edge technology and treatment options for the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer.
Bladder Cancer Symptoms
- Blood in urine
- Painful urination
- Urinary tract infections
- Need to urinate frequently or urgently
- Possibly even back pain, abdominal pain, anemia, fatigue, weight-loss and urinary incontinence in most advanced cases.
The above symptoms may also occur in patients with non-cancerous bladder conditions, but it is important to make an appointment with Advanced Urology for evaluation if you experience any of these symptoms to determine the exact cause.
Bladder Cancer Risk Factors
- Smoking: As many as half of bladder cancers in men and a third in women may be caused by cigarette smoking
- Exposure to certain chemicals
- Radiation therapy and chemotherapy
- Chronic bladder inflammation or infection
- Parasite infection (more common in third world countries)
- Personal or family history of cancer