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Dr. Terence Chapman
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Bladder Cancer (Overview)

The bladder is the organ which holds urine. It may develop cancer as with any organ. There are two types: superficial bladder cancer and muscle invasive bladder cancer. The differences are important as they help to determine treatment.


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What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?

What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Terence Chapman
282 doctors shared insights

Bladder Cancer (Overview)

The bladder is the organ which holds urine. It may develop cancer as with any organ. There are two types: superficial bladder cancer and muscle invasive bladder cancer. The differences are important as they help to determine treatment.


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What tests are there for bladder cancer?

What tests are there for bladder cancer?

Urinalysis, scope.: A bladder tumor is suspected if blood is found in the urine without obvious cause. An abnormal urinalysis with blood is followed by a urine cytology (look for tumor cells in the urine under the microsope), an ultrasound or ct scan to rule out problems in the kidneys, bladder or elsewhere in the pelvis, and cystoscopy (a scope placed into the bladder via the urethra) is used for biopsy. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Tip)

Managing Pain from Cancer

Don't suffer in silence. Tell your cancer doc about your pain level on every visit. ...See more

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Living with Overactive Bladder (OAB) (Checklist)

Find a good urologist for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment
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Manage your intake of fluids: neither too much nor too little
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Avoid or limit caffeine (coffee, tea, soda) and alcohol
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Identify what foods and fluids bother your bladder and avoid them
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Treatments for bladder cancer?

Treatments for bladder cancer?

Mostly surgery. : Most bladder cancers are superficial or early and urologist remove them through a cystoscope. If covers a wide area and not invaded the bladder muscle they can add local immunotherapy with bcg. If there is invasion partial bladder or full bladder surgery is needed. In those too ill for surgery then we consider radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Who is at risk from bladder cancer?

Smokers: Smokers by far are the largest risk group in this country. Other risks groups include aniline dye and tire workers and possibly patients who have received prior pelvic radiation (excuse the alliteration). ...Read more

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Being a Healthy Man (Tip)

Being a Healthy Man

Consider Finasteride to lower prostate cancer risk. It may only affect slow growing cancers. ...See more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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How does bladder cancer affect your body?

How does bladder cancer affect your body?

Varies: Bladder cancer may be found early and treated with local (intravesicular, intra = in, vesicular = bladder) therapy by a urologist. If the bladder cancer is muscle invasive surgery may be needed. Chemotherapy may be needed before or after surgery for advanced disease. Bladder cancer may present with blood in the urine or other urinary symptoms such as urinary frequency. ...Read more

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Is constipation a normal symptom for bladder cancer?

Is constipation a normal symptom for bladder cancer?

Could be: If radiation is part of the treatment protocol this can effect motility of colon exposed to the radiation. Some chemo drugs also affect motility. Ask your oncologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more