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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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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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I had chemo and radio therapy for stage 4 bladder cancer, after 6 months a CT said it went to stage 1. No blood/pain but now thickened bladder wall?

I had chemo and radio therapy for stage 4 bladder cancer, after 6 months a CT 
said it went to stage 1. No blood/pain but now thickened bladder wall?

Here are some…: Congratulation for experiencing favorable response to chemo & radiotherapy for stage IV cancer. The bladder wall thickening with subsequent more urinary frequency is entirely expected. I'm sure your doctor will instruct you how to cope with it. Of note, despite favorable response, a lifelong follow-up it is still needed. For more individual detail, ask your urologist & oncologists. Best wish… ...Read more

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How to treat burning discharge from vagina from patient with stage IV invasive bladder cancer after cystectomy?

How to treat burning discharge from vagina from patient with stage IV invasive bladder cancer after cystectomy?

Depends: Analyze discharge get an exam and lab tests so can better understand what is going on. ...Read more

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My Dad will be93 in July. He was diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer that mets to the bone. We have decided to go with hospice since we do not wa?

My Dad will be93 in July. He was diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer that mets to the bone. We have decided to go with hospice since we do not wa?

Hospice care: Hospice is a very good solution. It is important to remember that people treated in hospice get good care, do not receive treatment that is likely to be harmful or at best unnecessary, and in fact patients in hospice care actually have better longevity than those who do not receive hospice care. Good choice. ...Read more

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Hello Dr Bennett, I have experienced hardening of the bladder wall after chemo and radio treatment for stage 4 bladder cancer, will this condition go?

Hello Dr Bennett, I have experienced hardening of the bladder wall after chemo and radio treatment for stage 4 bladder cancer, will this condition go?

Will remain: Best results are for lesions of the mucosa. Once bladder wall invaded, especially with extension beyond the bladder then depending on overall situation, radical cystectomy with neobladder utilized. If lesion too advanced primary lesion therapy may be relegated to local RT chemo for control of symptoms. ...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

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. It may develop cancer as with any organ. There are two types: superficial bladder cancer and muscle invasive bladder cancer. The differences are important as they ...Read more