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why is it important for bladder cancer patients to be monitored for lifetime?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Recurrence: Because they is a high recurrence rate even after some form of definitive treatment including radical surgery or chemotherapy and radiation. It can recur in other parts of the urinary tract after the initial treatment has been performed.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Most bladder: Cancers are composed of the transitional cells that line it. The cause damages all of the mucosa, and many times it is non-invasive to start, but the pattern of reappearance heralds invasiveness and time to do more aggressive treatment. Bladder removal is the endpoint, and then surveillance is about travel elsewhere.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Recuurence: Bladder tends to be a multifocal disease. This means that it tends to recur in different areas of the urinary tract at a later time. In order to diagnose the tumor and render it more treatable, frequent monitoring is essential to catch a recurrence.
Dr. James Krick
Urology 36 years experience
Bladder cancer: Bladder cancer is categorized by its grade and stage. Non-invasive tumors have a tendency to recur. If found early they generally can be removed cystoscopically. The surveillance protocol is designed to catch the tumors before they become high grade or stage.

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A 48-year-old female asked:

How long can a persn live with invasive bladder cancer without treatment (t1g3)?

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Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 17 years experience
T1: T1 bladder cancer, invasive of the lamina propria, is generally easily treated. It would, in most cases, be malpractice not to treat it, and therefore, discussion of natural progression without treatment is not terribly productive, although greater than 50% would likely progress to muscle invasive disease.
A member asked:

I have been diagnosed with bladder cancer and wondring what to expect is this a deadly thing

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Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 27 years experience
I : I hoe that you are recovering from your cystoscopy and biopsy well. There are many types and stages of bladder cancer and the many are completely curable. You need to discuss what type of bladder cancer you have and what stage it is at with your urologist to get an accurate answer to your question. You should also ask him/her what surgery or procedures need to be done and if there is any need for other treatments like bcg, a kind of immune system therapy in the bladder, chemotherapy in the bladder or iv, or radiation. I wish you the best.
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A 49-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?

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Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology 31 years experience
Blood in urine: The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine (hematuria), however, some types of bladder cancer may not present with hematuria. Other less common symptoms include dysuria (pain while urinating), urgency and frequency of urination.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is bladder cancer serious?

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Dr. Julio Hajdenberg
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Yes: Most bladder cancers diagnosed in the us are, however, very early in their presentations (stages 0 or 1), and therefore curable. However, a neglected bladder cancer will progress to a more advanced form of cancer that may become incurable and lethal. Therefore, it is important to take care of this as soon as possible.
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A 55-year-old female asked:

What other illnesses can be caused by bladder cancer.Asap please?

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Dr. Rolando Rivera
Urology 25 years experience
What symptoms?: Bladder cancer usually presents with symptoms localized to the bladder, such as bleeding, urgency/frequency, and pain. If you are experiencing other symptoms please consult your urologist asap.

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