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What would the life expectancy of a male with stage 1 or 2 bladder cancer be?

What would the life expectancy of a male with stage 1 or 2 bladder cancer be?

Let me explain: Relative 5-year
survival rate
98% stage 0
88% stage 1
63% stage 2
46% stage 3
15% stage vi


good luck. ...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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What is life expectancy after bladder cancer has moved to bone (severe lesions on two ribs), spot on lung, spot kidney, and partially obstructed aorta?

What is life expectancy after bladder cancer has moved to bone (severe lesions on two ribs), spot on lung, spot kidney, and partially obstructed aorta?

Bladder cancer: The oncologist and urologist who know the patient best should be the ones to answer your question. Involvement of the abdominal aorta is very concerning. Many patients develop widespread involvement of the pelvic area with eventual blockages of both ureters leading to kidney failure. Oncology, radiology and urology would collaborate in such cases to offer palliative care. ...Read more

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Is it ok to just have follow up cystoscopies with bladder cancer stage ta grade 3?

Is it ok to just have follow up cystoscopies with bladder cancer stage ta grade 3?

Bladder Cancer: That only invades the mucosa can be managed my biopsy, removal and f/u cysto and urinary cytology. When the grade is 3 or it recurs, but does not invade the muscle, bcg or chemotherapy instillation is common. Muscle invading bladder cancer usually involves much more. ...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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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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What are the symptoms of end stage bladder cancer?

What are the symptoms of end stage bladder cancer?

Define end stage: What is your definition of end stage?
Usually it means wide spread metastatic disease with many symptoms including weight loss, severe urinary problems, diffuse pain, etc. It's not unlike many others cancers. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the end stage symptoms of bladder cancer?

I was wondering what are the end stage symptoms of bladder cancer?

Bleeding in urine: Urinary bleeding is a constant symptoms. Other may include weight loss, weakness, anemia, pain and others depending on metastases. See this site for more info.

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/bladder-cancer/basics/definition/con-20027606. ...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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How is it possible to get bladder cancer, since your bladder always flushes itself clean?

How is it possible to get bladder cancer, since your bladder always flushes itself clean?

Toxins: Although the bladder is always "flushing itself", it still holds urine for an extended period of time when you hold your urine for several hours between voids. It is felt that during this period of time, the carcinogens exposed to bladder can promote cellular damage and eventually lead to bladder cancer since they are in continuous contact wit the bladder lining. ...Read more

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What can cause bladder cancer beside smoking?

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 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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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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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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Other than a biopsy, is there another way to see if someone has bladder cancer?

Other than a biopsy, is there another way to see if someone has bladder cancer?

Yes, FISH testing: FISH stands for florescence in situ hybridization. The urine cells may be tested for abnormal chromosomal or genetic patterns that could indicate malignancy. Consult a urologist. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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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

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Treatments for bladder cancer?

Treatments for bladder cancer?

Mostly surgery.: Most bladder cancers are superficial or early and urologist remove them through a cystoscope. If covers a wide area and not invaded the bladder muscle they can add local immunotherapy with bcg. If there is invasion partial bladder or full bladder surgery is needed. In those too ill for surgery then we consider radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Does HPV cause bladder cancer?

Does HPV cause bladder cancer?

No: Hpv is a viral infection linked to genital warts and cervical cancer in women. There are over 65 different types of the virus; some are more aggressive than others. However, hpv has not been linked to the future development of bladder cancer. ...Read more

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Is bladder cancer caused by a virus?

Is bladder cancer caused by a virus?

No: Not for most cancers in the US.
In Egypt, the most common bladder cancer is caused by a parasite (S. haematobium), but that's pretty rare in the US. ...Read more

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Can bladder cancer affect urination?

Can bladder cancer affect urination?

Yes: Depending on the location and size of the tumor, it can cause urinary symptoms including urinary frequency, urgency, and some burning or discomfort with urination. There may also be some visible blood in the urine. ...Read more

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Are frequent uti's a sign of bladder cancer?

Are frequent uti's a sign of bladder cancer?

Possibility: Bladder cancers, are frequently associated recurrent urinary tract infections, need to be seen by the urologist on regular basis, how ever all recurrent utis are not due to bladder cancers. ...Read more

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Bladder cancer, urethral cancer, what to do?

Can't say: Were you diagnosed or you think you have it? If you do have it you need a good urologist who will likely initiate therapy and refer you to a medical oncologist or a radiation oncologist. It all depends on how advanced it is. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for bladder cancer?

What is the best treatment for bladder cancer?

Consult specialist: If there is a diagnosis you should see a urologist and hematologist/oncologist asap. ...Read more

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Can bladder cancer be picked up on ultrasound?

Can bladder cancer be picked up on ultrasound?

Yes sometimes: Ultrasound technology can identify tumors in the bladder, but this is not a common method of detection. The fact that is is visible on ultrasound does not mean it is too late by any means. Removal of the tumor for analysis along with more precise imaging like ct scan will help determine the extent and severity if the tumor and guide subsequent treatment. ...Read more

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How can cigarette smoking cause bladder cancer?

Carcinogens: Cancer causing compounds in the smoke get inhaled and enter your bloodstream. While the lungs get the first pass, the kidneys and liver have to get rid of them. ...Read more

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What will happen after treatment for bladder cancer?

Bladder Cancer: This depends on the extent of surgery/treatment and whether part of the bladder is resected, the whole bladder - requiring a urinary division procedure - or localized intra vesicular procedures. In some cases, an adjuvant drug, such as bcg, is used inside the bladder. The best resource I use is http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/bladder/patient/page1. ...Read more

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Can bladder cancer can be detected by an ultrasound?

Yes, but......: Ultrasound is not the most sensitive way to look for bladder cancer meaning it can miss early cases and there are other tests that are more sensitive and specific. However, bladder cancers are sometimes seen with ultrasound, especially if they are large. ...Read more

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How effective are the treatments for bladder cancer?

How effective are the treatments for bladder cancer?

Quite effective: Firstly, surgery is usually successful, mostly can be cured by transurethral resection. (removal via a cystoscope) larger or more aggressive tumors might require open surgery, hopefully the bladder need not be removed, however bowel neobladders can be constructed. Many bladder cancers respond to chemotherapy +/or radiation therapy. Discuss with a uro-oncologist. ...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