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Is bladder cancer serious?

Is bladder cancer serious?

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. ...Read more

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


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Is bladder cancer painful?

Is bladder cancer painful?

Maybe: Bladder cancer is generally not painful until it has spread to local organs and structures. If it contained to the superficial lining of the bladder without invasion, it is usually not painful. ...Read more

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Is bladder cancer hereditary?

Is bladder cancer hereditary?

No: Tobacco and environmental exposures to dyes for urothelial cancer; schistosoma hematobium, a parasite in egypt and chronic csatheterization for squamous cancr, and adenocarcinoma related to remnants of the urachus, the foetal conduit of urinary exretion through umbilicus into placental circulation...In this last case one might say "inborn error" but not genetic or hereditary. ...Read more

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How serious is bladder cancer?

Serious: One can die from bladder cancer if that helps you understand it's gravity. The most common risk factor for bladder cancer is smoking. Do not smoke! ...Read more

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Can you die from bladder cancer?

Can you die from bladder cancer?

Yes: Bladder cancer can invade from the lining into the muscle and deeper. From that point it can spread to pelvic lymph nodes or into the bloodstream. If it gets this far even with therapy with chemotherapy the disease may not be controlled and eventually kill the patient. ...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 is bladder cancer diagnosed?

Cystoscopic biopsy: Presents with blood in urine and biopsy by cystoscopic examination will give the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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What usually causes bladder cancer?

What usually causes bladder cancer?

Several factors...: Smoking tobacco increases your risk of bladder cancer by causing harmful chemicals to accumulate in your urine.
Chemicals linked to bladder cancer risk include arsenic and chemicals used in the manufacture of dyes, rubber, leather, textiles and paint products.
Urinary schistosomiasis (a parasitic infection endemic in egypt, africa and the middle east) is associated with bladder cancer. ...Read more

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Can bladder cancer occur in teenagers?

Can bladder cancer occur in teenagers?

Yes, but very rarely: Bladder rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare, but very dangerous type of bladder cancer, usually occurs in much younger children, but occasionally in teenagers. Some children can survive with very invasive treatment. I have seen and treated a low grade transitional cell cancer in a ciggarette smoking boy who was also exposed to 2nd hand smoke from both parents from whom he stole ciggarettes! ...Read more

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How likely is surviving bladder cancer?

How likely is surviving bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer: Very good with superficial bladder cancer. With muscle invasive cancer, the grade and stage of the cancer will determine survival. 30-50% 5 year survival with higher stage cancers. ...Read more

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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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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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Describe the features of bladder cancer.?

Describe the features of bladder cancer.?

Malig. Bladder tumor: Transitional cell bladder cancer is most common and presents with different grades of malignancy and different degrees of +depth of infiltration. Low grade is similar to a polyp+ rather benign. High grade (anaplastic) with deep muscle invasion, or even through bladder is very dangerous. Lymph node invasion is a poor prognostic sign. Squamous cell cancer, a worse type with worse prognosis than tcc. ...Read more

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Which are the symptoms of bladder cancer?

1, 2;3 Blood in urine: Most common symptom, in absence of pain or burning on urination. Possible to have sensation of incomplete bladder emptying on urination. Possible to have kidney/flank pain if bladder tumor is obstructing ureter on that side. ...Read more

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What are the endstage symptoms of bladder cancer?

What are the endstage symptoms of bladder cancer?

See below: Hematuria (blood in urine), pain, cachexia (weight loss) and voiding problems are common in this most unfortunate situation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bladder cancer in a dude?

What are the symptoms of bladder cancer in a dude?

Blood in urine. This: Question appears in other places on the site. Usually bladder cancers increase with age, and happens to men and women (? Dudes and dolls?). Once has to discern where the blood comes from: cystoscopy and imaging re involved. Can be kidney, ureter, bladder, prostate (men only) or urethra. Treatment depends on location and stage. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are symptoms of bladder cancer?

I was wondering what are symptoms of bladder cancer?

Blood in the urine: The most frequent symptoms are bleeding into the urine and change in frequency of urination, sometime there can be pain during urination or sudden cut off of urine flow caused by the tumor in the bladder. ...Read more

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Does ic lead to bladder cancer?  

Does ic lead to bladder cancer?  

No: I am not aware of any studies linking ic with primary cancer of the bladder. There are, however, a lot of studies linking smoking with bladder cancer and often times the symptoms of ic can mask other causes. Be sure you have a good evaluation of your bladder prior to accepting the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does smoking cause bladder cancer?

Does smoking cause bladder cancer?

Yes: Smoking is one of the leading causes of bladder cancer. In fact very recent studies have shown an even higher link between smoking and bladder cancer thanv previously thought. ...Read more

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Does smoking lead to bladder cancer?

Does smoking lead to bladder cancer?

Yes: The greatest risk factor for bladder cancer is smoking. ...Read more

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May gonnorrhea cause bladder cancer?

May gonnorrhea cause bladder cancer?

No: No. Smoking and occupational exposures to certain chemicals are more likely causes of bladder cancer. ...Read more

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How does smoking cause bladder cancer?

How does smoking cause bladder cancer?

Carcinogens: Just like lung cancer and smoking, there is association between bladder cancer and smoking. The carcinogens taken up by the body are excreted into the urine which was held in the bladder and all those chemicals can then act on the lining of the bladder to cause cancer. ...Read more

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Is there an aftermath of bladder cancer?

Is there an aftermath of bladder cancer?

Yes: After treatment with surgery, BCG immunotherapy, or other means, it requires lifetime surveillance with periodic urinalyses, cytologies, imaging and cystoscopy as well as elimination of risk factors such as tobacco. ...Read more

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Could chronic utis cause bladder cancer?

Could chronic utis cause bladder cancer?

Possible but rare: Rarely, chronic inflammatory conditions of the bladder including chronic infections or chronic catheterization can lead to bladder cancer. ...Read more

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Is metastacized bladder cancer contagious?

No: In humans there are almost no contagious cancers and bladder is not one of them. ...Read more

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What can cause bladder cancer beside smoking?

Several: Chlorinated water, arsenic, aristolochic acid found in chinese herbs, chronic bladder infections, human papilloma virus, radiation, chemotherapy, such as cyclophosphamide, air pollution, artificial sweeteners cause bladder cancer in rats. Hereditary factors, infections, such as schistosoma haematobium, a parasite found in egypt can cause bladder cancer. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does coffee help fight against bladder cancer?

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No: There is no association between bladder cancer and coffee/caffeinated beverage. ...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


Dr. Terence Chapman
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Bladder Cancer (Definition)

The bladder is the organ which holds urine. As any other organ, it can develop cancer. There are two types: superficial bladder cancer and muscle invasive bladder cancer. The differences are important as they ...Read more