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Can bladder cancer metastasize?

Can bladder cancer metastasize?

Yes: Untreated bladder cancer can metastasize to other organs and structures when left untreated. The more aggressive the bladder cancer, the higher the likelihood of metastasis. It is not unusual for bladder cancer to metastasize. ...Read more

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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


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How dangerous is bladder cancer?

How dangerous is bladder cancer?

Depends: There are various grades of bladder cancer to determine how aggressive the cancer is. Cancers that are very aggressive and multifocal tend to be much more dangerous than other types of bladder that are more similar to normal bladder cells. If these very aggressive tumors are not treated appropriately, they tend to metastasize and spread over time. Once this occurs, the long term prognosis is poor. ...Read more

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How bad is bladder cancer for an 85 year old woman?

How bad is bladder cancer for an 85 year old woman?

It depends: Bladder cancer has variable severity. High grade cancers which invade deeply into the bladder wall carry the highest risk, whereas some cancers are "low grade" and less invasive and are not associated with risk of metastasis, but can recur frequently. In reality these are different diseases but both are called bladder cancer. This is analogous to skin cancer, eg, basal cell vs. Melanoma. ...Read more

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How soon should surgery be done, once a bladder cancer tumor has been diagnosed?

How soon  should surgery be done, once a bladder cancer tumor has been diagnosed?

See below.: As soon as reasonably possible given your schedule, health and the surgeon's schedule. There is no rush, but you would certainly not want to wait for months. Best to optimize your medical condition before proceeding. ...Read more

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Have high deductible. Is there one best test for bladder cancer?

Have high deductible. Is there one best test for bladder cancer?

In our idiotic: System of insurance roulette, the critical test is the cystoscopy and biopsy; the most expensive test is the pet scan (discerns stage, and metastasis. You have a life threatening, function threatening illness, how much it cost is a business and financial question. Too bad insurance is a business trying to reduce their risk at our expense. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How effective are the treatments for bladder cancer?

How effective are the treatments for bladder cancer?

Quite effective: Firstly, surgery is usually successful, mostly can be cured by transurethral resection. (removal via a cystoscope) larger or more aggressive tumors might require open surgery, hopefully the bladder need not be removed, however bowel neobladders can be constructed. Many bladder cancers respond to chemotherapy +/or radiation therapy. Discuss with a uro-oncologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about the pain medication for bladder cancer patient.?

Can you tell me more about the pain medication for bladder cancer patient.?

Here we go...: For local discomfort from tumor- or procedure-related, some drugs can be used to ease the pain and burning and to improve urine flow. For pain related with distant metastasis, judicious use of narcotics is still the mainstay of care. For detailing, go to ask, talk, and work with the doctors. Despite getting bladder cancer, it's still keeping on healthy lifestyle with no overindulgence... ...Read more

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Can lumps of bladder cancer that have spread to my lungs be removed with surgery?

Can lumps of bladder cancer that have spread to my lungs be removed with surgery?

It depends: Depends on the number of lumps or metastasis. A limited number may be removed surgically. Often with minimally invasive means called video assisted thoracic surgery or vats. ...Read more

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How often does bladder cancer come back? After successful bladder cancer treatment, is it common for it to come back? Can it grow back as a metastatic cancer even after having your whole bladder removed?

Stage dependent: It depends on the stage and type of bladder cancer when it was diagnosed as well as whether or not all recommended treatments wee taken. It can metastasize and that is why some patients need chemotherapy whennsafenafter surgery. It takes only remnant microscopic cells to have leaked out before surgery for it to get into the blood stream or outside the bladder. Stats are stage and path dependent. ...Read more

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Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more