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Dr. Moez Khorsandi Dr. Khorsandi
Urology
23 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Besides bladder cancer, what are some reasons I might need a cystoscopy?

Besides bladder cancer, what are some reasons I might need a cystoscopy?

Bladder problems: A cystoscopy is the only test to visually examine the bladder lining. It is still a widely used test to evaluate bladder dysfunction and to check for cancer. Other reasons for the test include anything that can affect the lower urinary tract anatomy and function. These include urinary leakage, weak urinary stream, inability to urinate, previous urinary tract surgery, and blood in the urine. ...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


Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Is it ok to just have follow up cystoscopies with bladder cancer stage ta grade 3?

Is it ok to just have follow up cystoscopies with bladder cancer stage ta grade 3?

Bladder Cancer: That only invades the mucosa can be managed my biopsy, removal and f/u cysto and urinary cytology. When the grade is 3 or it recurs, but does not invade the muscle, bcg or chemotherapy instillation is common. Muscle invading bladder cancer usually involves much more. ...Read more

Dr. Rolando Rivera Dr. Rivera
Urology
21 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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I recently had my bladder cancer return after11 years. I am waiting for a cystoscopy what should I be doing for the next couple of weeks while i wait?

Stay healthy: If you are waiting for your resection, not much that you can do other than to take the best care of yourself. Eat well with healthier foods, rest, avoid food or medications that may thin your blood. If your feeling ill, get checked quickly so you don't miss your procedure date. If you smoke, quit! best of luck. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick Dr. Krick
Urology
32 years in practice
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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If my urologist finds bladder cancer during my cystoscopy can he just remove it right away?

If my urologist finds bladder cancer during my cystoscopy can he just remove it right away?

Bladder cancer: Sometimes, if the lesion is quite small. If it is a first occurence, your urologist will likely want to biopsy and wait for the pathologists interpretation before proceding with cystoscopic treatment and likely further biopsies under anesthesia. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Michaels Dr. Michaels
Urology
49 years in practice
University of Alexandria Faculty of Medicine
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Had a cystoscopy 6 weeks ago, bladder cancer, turbt sched for nov 02, . Gros hematuria again for 4 days now. Should i just wait?

Had a cystoscopy 6 weeks ago, bladder cancer, turbt sched for nov 02, . Gros hematuria again for 4 days now. Should i just wait?

No: If I'm reading you right:you were found at cystoscopy in the beginning of July to have a bladder tumor and TUR of the tumor is scheduled for November.That is a 4 month wait.This would be unacceptable to me if I were the patient. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. James Krick Dr. Krick
Urology
32 years in practice
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How often should a 30yo have a cystascope done after having bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer: The surveillance protocol calls for cystoscopy every 3 months for the first 2 years. Eventually moves to every 6 months and then annually. ...Read more

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Dr. Julio Hajdenberg Dr. Hajdenberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
27 years in practice
University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine
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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

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi Dr. Khorsandi
Urology
23 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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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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Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Lane Childs Dr. Childs
Urology
30 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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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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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
29 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Moez Khorsandi Dr. Khorsandi
Urology
23 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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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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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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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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Dr. Charles Sturgis Dr. Sturgis
Pathology
25 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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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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Dr. George Klauber Dr. Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
years in practice
University of London, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez Dr. Rodriguez
Urology
5 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Martin Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
41 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Barry Kahn Dr. Kahn
Pathology
27 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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. George Klauber Dr. Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
years in practice
University of London, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine
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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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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