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How Does Bladder Cancer Affect Your Body
Varies: Bladder cancer may be found early and treated with local (intravesicular, intra = in, vesicular = bladder) therapy by a urologist. If the bladder cancer is muscle invasive surgery may be needed. Chemotherapy may be needed before or after surgery for advanced disease. Bladder cancer may present with blood in the urine or other urinary symptoms such as urinary frequency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, however...: People die of bladder cancer. Luckily, the majority of bladder cancers are superficial, which are more easily treated. The ones we worry about are "muscle invasive" or where we have evidence that the cancer has spread beyond the bladder to other parts of the body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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