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Do depression and other emotional problems increase the risk of getting bladder cancer?

Do depression and other emotional problems increase the risk of getting bladder cancer?

No: Emotional problems do not increase the rate of bladder cancer. Bladder cancer is generally caused by carcinogens. Risk factors include smoking, dyes, chemicals, and benzene compounds. Although emotional problems may affect bladder symptoms such as urinary frequency, it does not increase your chances of developing bladder cancer. ...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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Urine test checks for bladder cancer or other problems?

Urine test checks for bladder cancer or other problems?

Can be both: Many tests can be run on urine, although the selection is not as vast as blood testing. The basic test is called a urinalysis or ua. A urine cytology is a separate test where a pathologist evaluates the urine for cancer cells. Please ask your doctor more about the testing. ...Read more

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Living with Overactive Bladder (OAB) (Checklist)

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Manage your intake of fluids: neither too much nor too little
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Avoid or limit caffeine (coffee, tea, soda) and alcohol
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Identify what foods and fluids bother your bladder and avoid them
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When a person has breathing problems, and was told not to be put to sleep during surgery and was, what are the effects. My husband had bladder cancer surgery feb14, i informed them two weeks of the surgery of his breathing problems and stated he was not s

I : I am so sorry that this has happened to your husband. The important issues are: how alert your husband is, in other words, is he neurologically intact, and if he has stable vital signs, such as his pulse and blood pressure, or does he need medications to support his heart function. You can ask his doctor what he thinks about your husbands neurologic and cardiac function. I will wish the best for your husband. ...Read more

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Could a "full" bladder on CT with contrast of abdomen & pelvis be confused or misread as bladder cancer/tumor/problems?

Could a "full" bladder on CT with contrast of abdomen & pelvis be confused or misread as bladder cancer/tumor/problems?

Probably Not: Part of the intent of using contrast on a ct scan of the pelvis is to "fill the bladder" this allows us to see if there is thickening of the bladder walls, or filling abnormalities among other things. It's unlikely that a full bladder represents problems, unless the problem is one of emptying the bladder. Then a reason must be sought if the bladder doesn't empty normally. ...Read more

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Living with Overactive Bladder (OAB) (Checklist)

Do no avoid fluids. Concentrated urine can worsen OAB
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Try avoiding acidic foods, caffeine
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Kegel Exercises
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Timed voiding. Urinate on a schedule,
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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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Living with Overactive Bladder (OAB) (Checklist)

avoid caffeine, alcohol, carbonated drinks, spicy food
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empty bladder
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do kegel exercises
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get sufficient rest
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Depression (Definition)

Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more

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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

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