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Does surgical removal of the bladder always cure bladder cancer?

Does surgical removal of the bladder always cure bladder cancer?

No: At this time, the bladder cancer stage is the most important prognostic indicator of bladder cancer returning. In patients with high-stage local disease, even after removal of the bladder without evidence of spread at the time of surgery, the risk of recurrence is upward of 50%. After bladder removal, it is imperative that you follow-up as recommended to catch potential recurrence early. ...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


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After removal of bladder and prostate because of bladder cancer, I have developed a parastomal hernia. Is this repairable.

After removal of bladder and prostate because of bladder cancer, I have developed a parastomal hernia.  Is this repairable.

Yes: A parastomal hernia is a type of incisional hernia that occurs adjacent to the stoma and is not an uncommon complication after any type of ostomy surgery. Most patients are asymptomatic. Surgical repair is avoided in most patients with no or mild symptoms because of the high recurrence rates and pts. Are educated about the signs and symptoms of strangulation which require immediate attention. ...Read more

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I had bladder cancer and had removal of bladder and total hysterectomy. Now have Kidney disease. Had CT on my abdomen pelvis . Conclusion was parenchymal thinning w/persistent LV Ureterectasis. Thickening of the wall of the renal pelvis and proximal urete

I had bladder cancer and had removal of bladder and total hysterectomy. Now have Kidney disease. Had CT on my abdomen pelvis . Conclusion was parenchymal thinning w/persistent LV Ureterectasis. Thickening of the wall of the renal pelvis and proximal urete

Ask your urologist..: All what you experienced is expected in some patients and results from delayed, but expected in some, complications with scar formation leading to ureteral blockage & high pressure above it. Over time, renal pelvis becomes distended, renal tissue becomes thinning, the wall of renal pelvis & ureter becomes thicker. Oftentimes & to a degree, chronic recurrent UTI may play a role to such appearance. ...Read more

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What is bladder cancer?

Cancer: It is a cancer involving the lining of the bladder that will spread into the muscle layers of the bladder if left untreated. It is a malignant condition that requires surgery to diagnose and as an initial form of therapy. Smoking is the most common risk factor for bladder cancer. ...Read more

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How is bladder cancer treated?

How is bladder cancer treated?

Surgery or Radiation: The 2 mainstay forms of muscle invasive bladder cancer treatment includes radical surgery or radiation with chemotherapy. If there is no muscle invasion, one can be treated with a bladder medicine called bcg. The actual treatment depends on multiple factors including the pathology report, type of cancer, the size of the lesion, number of lesions present, and spread of disease. ...Read more

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Inflammed bladder, do I have cancer?

Cancer is unlikely: Bladder inflammation is seen in many people you should be seen be your doctor to rule out other causes including cancer. ...Read more

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What are the types of bladder cancer?

What are the types of bladder cancer?

Many: Most "bladder cancer" in the US refers to urothelial carcinoma (previously called transitional cell carcinoma). This accounts for 90% of "bladder cancer". Squamous cell and adenocarcinoma are more rare types acounting for 8% or so. These are associated with chronic inflammation/irritation or genetic predisposition. There is conflicting evidence if any of the above types are worse than the others. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having bladder cancer?

See below: About 75, 000 bladder cancers and about 15, 000 deaths from bladder cancer each year in the us. For details see this site. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/bladder. ...Read more

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Are bladder polyps a form of cancer?

Are bladder polyps a form of cancer?

Not neccessarily: There are bladder polyps that are benign and do not progress to cancer. There are also other polyps that are a liitle more aggressive and may turn into cancer in the future and close followup is needed with cystoscopy. ...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