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Bladder Cancer Metastasis Sites
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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