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What is the survival rate for bladder cancer for a man in his 50s?

What is the survival rate for bladder cancer for a man in his 50s?

Depends on stage: The prognosis of bladder cancer is dependent on how deeply has the tumor penetrated the bladder wall, or stage of the disease. It varies from 98% for early stage to 15% 5 year survival for late stage. See this site for more info.
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/bladdercancer/detailedguide/bladder-cancer-survival-rates. ...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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Please help! What is the survival rate of someone with bladder cancer?

Please help! What is the survival rate of someone with bladder cancer?

Depends: As with most other cancers, depends on the stage and the general condition of the patient amongst other things. Please be a bit more specific. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my 55 years old brother has metastatic bladder cancer?

What do you suggest if my 55 years old brother has metastatic bladder cancer?

Tests, treatment: Appropriate imaging (usually CT scans, biopsies, cystoscopy, perhaps a bone scan) and blood work is done. Then treatment is done to control the cancer and minimize symptoms. Chemotherapy is almost certainly going to be recommended. Radiation or surgery can also be an important part of treatment to relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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My 55 year old brother has metastatic bladder cancer. What can you tell me about this cancer?

My 55 year old brother has metastatic bladder cancer. What can you tell me about this cancer?

Rephrase question...: What do you want to know? That's a really open-ended question. Etiology, risk factors, grading, staging, treatments, experimental protocols, prognosis? You've got internet access. There are a lot of great review articles out there. Don't use sources more than 2-5 yrs old. It's aggressive. Keep in touch with your brother, whose docs will keep him informed regarding his unique clinical situation. ...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 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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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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Does the rate of bladder cancer vary by state?

Does the rate of bladder cancer vary by state?

Yes: Incidence rate of bladder cancer varies by state. Most recent reports show that the incidence of bladder cancer tends to be higher in northern us states compared with southern states. ...Read more

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Which state has the highest bladder cancer rate in the united states?

Which state has the highest bladder cancer rate in the united states?

NCI Data: The most up-to-date data available suggests that maine has the highest death rate, but new hampshire and vermont have the highest incidence of bladder cancer.
Smoking is the biggest promoter of bladder cancer, tripling the risk. Other exposures have an increased incidence of bladder cancer, such as exposure to aniline dyes, aromatic amines, radiation and certain chemotherapies. Limit your risk. ...Read more

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Is it true that bladder cancer has a higher recurrence rate than most other cancers?

Is it true that bladder cancer has a higher recurrence rate than most other cancers?

Yes: The recurrence rate for superficial bladder cacner is 50% within the first year of treatment. This is why we use chemotherapy and immunotherapy within the bladder to prevent recurrence. This is alos why the follow-up of patients with superfiical bladder cancer is so frequent — every 3 months for the first 2 years after diagnosis and then every 6 months unitl year 5. Then follow-up is annual. ...Read more

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BCG treatment to reduce recurrence rate for bladder cancer. I have 2 nd bladder tumor after 5 year of the first. This mean the BCG work or not?

Yes it works: In selective oatients, Intra bladder installation of BCG is very effective in 70% of time for non-invasive bladder cancers. Speak to your doctor if you are a candidate or not. ...Read more

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What does bladder cancer look like?

What does bladder cancer look like?

Depends: Depends on how much it has evolved. Here is a good review on bladder cancer facts

http://www.Cancer. Net/cancer-types/bladder-cancer. ...Read more

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How often does bladder cancer recur?

How often does bladder cancer recur?

Frequently: Up to two-thirds of early bladder cancers recur within the bladder. Even for patients undergoing bladder removal surgery up to one-third can recur elsewhere in the body. ...Read more

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How does bladder cancer affect your body?

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 more

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What does aggressive bladder cancer mean?

What does aggressive bladder cancer mean?

Grade and stage: There are typically two ways used together to describe baldder cancer- the grade describes the appearance of the cancer cells themselves and the stage describes the extent of involvement. "Aggressive" by itself doesn't really mean much, though it suggests a higher grade tumor which could reasonably be thought to confer a worse prognosis than a lower grade one. Stage would still be critical info. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about bladder cancer?

What can you tell me about bladder cancer?

Here are some ...: It's the malignancy starting off from bladder lining (urothelium) with >90% as TCC (transitional cell carcinoma), its highest incidence in men >60s and women >70s, >85% of them having gross or microscopic hematuria-usually painless & off and on, a most definite connection with tobacco smoking, around 1/5 of the patients having irritative voiding, as a lifelong disease so needing lifelong follow-up ...Read more

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Does bladder cancer have any early symptoms?

Does bladder cancer have any early symptoms?

Blood in urine: Blood in urine is an early symptom of the usual type of bladder cancer. ...Read more

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What is my recovery time after bladder cancer?

What is my recovery time after bladder cancer?

Depends upon extent: Ot cancer & treatment performed. Simple transurethral resection of superficial cancer may only require catheter for 1 day, > extensive resection may require catheter 4 few days. Cystectomy with urinary diversion or creation of a bowel neo-bladder requires 2 – 4 weeks recovery. ...Read more

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Is bladder cancer common in young non-smokers?

No: There is a concept of dose-response which means that a cumulative dose of carcinogens (from cigarette smoke in this example) can lead to tumor development. Consequently, the risk increases with time of exposure. Thus, older persons will carry a higher risk of cancer in this example, although occasionally relatively young patients may develop cancer of the bladder. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of bladder cancer?

What is the most common cause of bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer: The primary risk for bladder cancer is smoking or exposure to secondary cigarette smoke. ...Read more

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Question about bladder cancer, is bladder removed?

Question about bladder cancer, is bladder removed?

Depends on depth: Superficial bladder cancer may be treated with resection, instillation of BCG in the bladder. However, if the tumor invades the muscle or involves certain areas of the bladder, resection/removal of the bladder may be required. ...Read more

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Should I still go to work if I have bladder cancer?

Probably if you can: There is no specific restriction to work with bladder cancer. Usually limited by overall health. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bladder cancer in older men?

What are the symptoms of bladder cancer in older men?

Variable: Most common are blood or blood clots in the urine, urinary frequency, and pain during urination. Presence of these warrants a visit with a urologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean for bladder cancer to be anaplastic?

What does it mean for bladder cancer to be anaplastic?

See explanation: Anaplastic is a descriptive term for the microscopic appearance of the tumor which may also be labelled "poorly differentiated". This typically translates to more aggressive behavior in the general sense. It means that the tumor cells look very unlike normal bladder cells and the more that is true, the more aggressive the tumor may behave. This holds true for most types of cancer. ...Read more

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What does it mean for bladder cancer to be aggressive?

What does it mean for bladder cancer to be aggressive?

Tissue type: This means that the cancer cells seen on the biopsy are very irregular and more abnormal looking from the normal cells of the bladder. The more irregular cells seen, the more likely cancer is "agressive". ...Read more

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Has there been any cases of bladder cancer in a teen who's 15?

Has there been any cases of bladder cancer in a teen who's 15?

NO: It is very unusual bladder cancer in children I work for 40 years for pediatrics cancer and I did not have one bladder cancer. ...Read more

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How to deal with bladder cancer and if so what are the symptoms?

How to deal with bladder cancer and if so what are the symptoms?

Here are some ...: Most patients of bladder cancer start off with off-and-on visible bloody urine with no voiding symptoms or are incidentally found with imaging studies such as CT.IVP and cystoscopy while being evaluated for symptomless invisible blood in the urine (microhematuria). So, take any visible or invisible blood in the urine — hematuria — very seriously so to be evaluated timely. ...Read more

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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

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