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How bad is bladder cancer for an 85 year old woman?

How bad is bladder cancer for an 85 year old woman?

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

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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How bad is bladder cancer when it invades the lymph nodes?

How bad is bladder cancer when it invades the lymph nodes?

High risk: Bladder cancer found to be in the lymph nodes at the time of bladder removal is considered "advanced" and 5 year survival estimates are on the order of 25-30%. However, some patients with relatively little involvement of the nodes can experience prolonged survival, if not cure, from thorough surgical removal of lymph node tissue at the time of surgery for bladder removal. Chemotherapy may help. ...Read more

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Dad had bladder cancer biopsy.waiting pathology report. dr said fairly large tumor and a few satellite tumors. Is this bad news?

Dad had bladder cancer biopsy.waiting pathology report. dr said fairly large tumor and a few satellite tumors. Is this bad news?

Need studies: The severity of bladder cancers depend on several factors. Can the tumors be removed without removing the entire bladder? Do they extend through the bladder wall? Do they extend beyond the bladder to lymph nodes or more distant sites? How immature are the tumor cells? The pathology report and CT and/or MRI studies will tell us. Then, the treatment and the long term outlook can be stated. ...Read more

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Bladder cancer runs in my family is it possible I have it even though my ultrasound looked good I have very BAD incontinence and have hematuria Im 18?

Bladder cancer runs in my family is it possible I have it even though my ultrasound looked good I have very BAD incontinence and have hematuria Im 18?

Unlikely: This can be caused by many things but usually infection or stones or trauma would be more likely for younger patients. Your primary physician can order urine cytology to detect early cancer if it is indicated after he/she examines you. ...Read more

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Read that bone pain is symptom of bladder cancer. Hip bone or pelvic bone pain? Have some other symptoms and bad pain in hip bone. related?

Read that bone pain is symptom of bladder cancer. Hip bone or pelvic bone pain? Have some other symptoms and bad pain in hip bone. related?

Depends: If you have not had cancer, pain is most likely not due to cancer. In particular if it is chronic. Other causes of pain are much more likely. ...Read more

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What is bladder cancer?

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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Can bladder cancer recur?

Can bladder cancer recur?

Yes: Bladder cancers can very aggressive and recur despite treatment with radical surgery and/or chemotherapy. There is no way to be sure who will develop recurrence and therefore constant monitoring is essential after definitive therapy. ...Read more

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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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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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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. It may develop cancer as with any organ. There are two types: superficial bladder cancer and muscle invasive bladder cancer. The differences are important as they ...Read more