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I have been diagnosed with bladder cancer and wondring what to expect is this a deadly thing

I: I hoe that you are recovering from your cystoscopy and biopsy well. There are many types and stages of bladder cancer and the many are completely curable. You need to discuss what type of bladder cancer you have and what stage it is at with your urologist to get an accurate answer to your question. You should also ask him/her what surgery or procedures need to be done and if there is any need for other treatments like bcg, a kind of immune system therapy in the bladder, chemotherapy in the bladder or iv, or radiation. I wish you the best. ...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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Is bladder cancer for female 34 years old likely deadly? Is bladder cancer high morbidity?

Is bladder cancer for female 34 years old likely deadly? Is bladder cancer high morbidity?

Bladder cancer: While bladder cancer is rare at 34 years of age, it is possible. Most bladder cancers are found in the very superficial low-grade stage and most often can be managed without major open surgery. This is assuming that is the common urothelial carcinoma type. ...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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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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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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Does ic lead to bladder cancer?  

Does ic lead to bladder cancer?  

No: I am not aware of any studies linking ic with primary cancer of the bladder. There are, however, a lot of studies linking smoking with bladder cancer and often times the symptoms of ic can mask other causes. Be sure you have a good evaluation of your bladder prior to accepting the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does smoking cause bladder cancer?

Does smoking cause bladder cancer?

Yes: Smoking is one of the leading causes of bladder cancer. In fact very recent studies have shown an even higher link between smoking and bladder cancer thanv previously thought. ...Read more

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Does smoking lead to bladder cancer?

Does smoking lead to bladder cancer?

Yes: The greatest risk factor for bladder cancer is smoking. ...Read more

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May gonnorrhea cause bladder cancer?

May gonnorrhea cause bladder cancer?

No: No. Smoking and occupational exposures to certain chemicals are more likely causes of bladder cancer. ...Read more

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How does smoking cause bladder cancer?

How does smoking cause bladder cancer?

Carcinogens: Just like lung cancer and smoking, there is association between bladder cancer and smoking. The carcinogens taken up by the body are excreted into the urine which was held in the bladder and all those chemicals can then act on the lining of the bladder to cause cancer. ...Read more

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Is there an aftermath of bladder cancer?

Is there an aftermath of bladder cancer?

Yes: After treatment with surgery, BCG immunotherapy, or other means, it requires lifetime surveillance with periodic urinalyses, cytologies, imaging and cystoscopy as well as elimination of risk factors such as tobacco. ...Read more

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Could chronic utis cause bladder cancer?

Could chronic utis cause bladder cancer?

Possible but rare: Rarely, chronic inflammatory conditions of the bladder including chronic infections or chronic catheterization can lead to bladder cancer. ...Read more

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Is metastacized bladder cancer contagious?

No: In humans there are almost no contagious cancers and bladder is not one of them. ...Read more

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What can cause bladder cancer beside smoking?

Several: Chlorinated water, arsenic, aristolochic acid found in chinese herbs, chronic bladder infections, human papilloma virus, radiation, chemotherapy, such as cyclophosphamide, air pollution, artificial sweeteners cause bladder cancer in rats. Hereditary factors, infections, such as schistosoma haematobium, a parasite found in egypt can cause bladder cancer. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does coffee help fight against bladder cancer?

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Does coffee help fight against bladder cancer?

No: There is no association between bladder cancer and coffee/caffeinated beverage. ...Read more

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What is a good diet for bladder cancer patients?

What is a good diet for bladder cancer patients?

What they like: With little in the way of exceptions, there's no magic in food for particular diseases. A sensible diet, especially avoiding the very greasy, very sugary and very salts items, to the person's tastes is the best choice. If eating is a problem, a real dietician should be consulted. ...Read more

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Does smoking increase the risk of bladder cancer?

Does smoking increase the risk of bladder cancer?

See doc: Bladder cancer is exceedingly common in smokers. Pleae consult your doctor to start a smoke cessation program. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of chemo pill for bladder cancer?

None that is useful: There are no pills that are useful for bladder cancer. All the medicines used are Injectable drugs (chemotherapy) but they work well. So go ahead take them if your oncologist has recommended you to do so. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of bladder cancer?

Hematuria: The most common presentation of bladder cancer is painless hematuria (blood in urine). Often the first step is a urine culture (to make sure not related to urinary tract infection) and cytology (to look for cancer cells in urine specimen). A cystoscopy is needed to confirm to diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why is bladder cancer more common among old people?

Why is bladder cancer more common among old people?

Time of exposure: Most bladder cancers in the usa are likely a result of long term exposure of the urothelial lining of the urinary tract to water soluble toxins (eg, from smoking). The barrage of carcinogenic chemicals over time can result in tumorigenesis and thus with age the risk of such cancers increases in typical dose-response fashion. ...Read more

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Do people sometimes survive stage 4 bladder cancer?

Do people sometimes survive stage 4 bladder cancer?

It depends: Stage-4 bladder cancer has good treatments available such that about half of the patients do well by showing good regression of their tumors. About 15-20% achieve complete response (cr). Some of the patients in cr have a long term control of their cancer and are cured of this disease. To get good results, seek an expert in gu-medical oncology at a major cancer center as your treating oncologist. ...Read more

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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

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Is it possible to cure bladder cancer without surgery?

Is it possible to cure bladder cancer without surgery?

Probably not: The standard of care for bladder tumors is removal of all abnormal tissue, using a scope via the urethra. A chemo agent is then placed in the bladder to reduce recurrences. If pathology shows cancer invasive into deep layers of the bladder, then major surgery may be needed. The most common reason not to have bladder cancer surgery is if a patient is too high risk for anesthesia complications. ...Read more

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Does early symptoms of bladder cancer is pain in the back?

Does early symptoms of bladder cancer is pain in the back?

See below: Need more information. Back pain is from lot of other causes. In bladder cancer there is blood in urine mostly. ...Read more

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What is the name of the chemo pill used for bladder cancer?

What is the name of the chemo pill used for bladder cancer?

I don't know!: There is no oral chemotherapy used for bladder cancer as far as I know. All the regimens are IV. There is a type of drug that is instilled directly into the bladder, but no chemo pill. Are you sure it's for bladder cancer? There are chemo pills for other types of cancer, like colon, but not bladder. ...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