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Doctor insights on: How Quickly Does Bladder Cancer Grow And Spread

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How quickly does bladder cancer grow and spread?

How quickly does bladder cancer grow and spread?

Depends: It depends on the type of cancer and stage at the time sof diagnosis. If it is a non-aggressive form, it may take months or sometimes years to recur. If the tumor is very aggressive or advanced at the time of diagnosis, it is much more likely to recur quickly. ...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 fast does bladder cancer grow inside you?

How fast does bladder cancer grow inside you?

Depends on grade: In general, the "grade", or the microscopic features, of bladder cancer will define the rate of growth. High grade cancers grow more quickly than low grade cancers, and are associated with more advanced (high "stage") types of cancer and poorer outcomes compared to low grade cancers which are generally low "stage". However, high grade cancer caught early is treatable and potentially curable. ...Read more

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How common is it for bladder cancer to spread to the brain?

How common is it for bladder cancer to spread to the brain?

Not common: Bladder cancer typically spreads to regional lymph nodes around bladder first. At advance stages, it may progress and spread to other abdominal organs (liver, prostate, vagina, uterus, urethra, etc.) but typically not brain. ...Read more

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Can lumps of bladder cancer that have spread to my lungs be removed with surgery?

Can lumps of bladder cancer that have spread to my lungs be removed with surgery?

It depends: Depends on the number of lumps or metastasis. A limited number may be removed surgically. Often with minimally invasive means called video assisted thoracic surgery or vats. ...Read more

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Husband 60 diag w/sm cell bladder cancer in May. 6 rounds of chemo then radical cystectomy last month. It spread to prostate + lymphnodes. Prognosis?

Husband 60 diag w/sm cell bladder cancer in May. 6 rounds of chemo then radical cystectomy last month. It spread to prostate + lymphnodes. Prognosis?

Bladder CA: Husband 60 diag w/sm cell bladder CA May. 6 rounds chemo then radical cystectomy last month. Spread to prostate/lymphnodes. Prognosis? ANS: This is a nasty cancer & everyone is different. Only his team can give reasonable prognosis & as in most of the real world prediction of the future is tricky esp medicine. There r teams n ur area specializing n this & suspect you are seeing them. Good Luck. ...Read more

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The doctors think my grandpa's bladder cancer spread to his brain but how? He hasn't had bladder cancer in about 6 months. He does have CLL leukemia

Probable bladder met: CLL usually remains dormant for long periods. I've had several patients with bladder Ca with mets to brain. Prior to treatment of the primary bladder lesion which can control disease either by fulguration and or BCG some tumor cells may have invaded blood system. Cells in blood have reservoir in bone marrow and as such 6 mo. After primary treatment cells leave marrow to implant in brain ...Read more

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How often does bladder cancer come back? After successful bladder cancer treatment, is it common for it to come back? Can it grow back as a metastatic cancer even after having your whole bladder removed?

How often does bladder cancer come back? After successful bladder cancer treatment, is it common for it to come back? Can it grow back as a metastatic cancer even after having your whole bladder removed?

Stage dependent: It depends on the stage and type of bladder cancer when it was diagnosed as well as whether or not all recommended treatments wee taken. It can metastasize and that is why some patients need chemotherapy whennsafenafter surgery. It takes only remnant microscopic cells to have leaked out before surgery for it to get into the blood stream or outside the bladder. Stats are stage and path dependent. ...Read more

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I have bladder cancer and have recently been having a lot of back pain around kidneys. Is it possible the cancer has spread. No insurance to see doctor?

I have bladder cancer and have recently been having a lot of back pain around kidneys. Is it possible the cancer has spread. No insurance to see doctor?

Kidney blockage: Bladder cancer can grow to block your kidneys; this can be a very serious issue so you need to get checked out; an u/s to check your kidneys is cheaper than a ct scan but less info. ...Read more

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Best guess what would is the prognosis of an 87 y/o w/ metastatic bladder cancer that spread to the lung without treatment and is otherwise healthy?

Best guess what would is the prognosis of an 87 y/o w/ metastatic bladder cancer that spread to the lung without treatment and is otherwise healthy?

Enjoy each day: She may develop pneumonia and be gone at any time. Or it may stay almost stable and allow her several more good years. Cherish however much or little time you have with your loved one. There is no predicting the time left. ...Read more

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Is bladder cancer spreads to the lymph nodes in my chest, do I need to see a urologist or a thoracic surgeon?

Is bladder cancer spreads to the lymph nodes in my chest, do I need to see a urologist or a thoracic surgeon?

Metastatic bladder: You need to see a medical oncologist to plan your care. Is the lung mets proven to be bladder ca? Have you had chemo? Did you have your bladder removed. Medical oncology is your first stop. ...Read more

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They have found blood and white blood cells in my urine but nothing will grow in the lab could it be bladder cancer urineating is very painful and very frequient. Have already taken 7 rounds of antibotics

They have found blood and white blood cells in my urine but nothing will grow in the lab could it be bladder cancer urineating is very painful and very frequient. Have already taken 7 rounds of antibotics

Hematuria: It's time to stop taking antibiotics and see a urologist for a proper evaluation of blood in the urine. This should include a cystoscopy and one of several possible means of evaluating your ureters and kidneys. ...Read more

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My father in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to the t8 vertebrae and is in the lymph nodes. He only has one kidney due to kidney cancer, he had bladder cancer, has mds, had open heart surgery with 4 bipasses and a heart at

My father in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to the t8 vertebrae and is in the lymph nodes. He only has one kidney due to kidney cancer, he had bladder cancer, has mds, had open heart surgery with 4 bipasses and a heart at

What is the question: We need more info. This request says 80 year old Female...is that you or the patient???
Tell us if you have shown this person to an oncologist for treatment consideration. Radiotherapy/ and chemotherapy may be useful but a good medical oncologist is what you need first. Please send us your question (say it clearly) about his lung Cancer (only) ...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?

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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How common is bladder cancer?

How common is bladder cancer?

More common in men: In 2012, an estimated 73, 510 cases are predicted, with 55, 600 in men and 17, 910 in women. This represents 7% of new cancers in men and is the fourth most common, but not in the top ten for women. ...Read more

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