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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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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 does aggressive bladder cancer mean?

What does aggressive bladder cancer mean?

Bladder cancer grade: Agressiveness usually refers to the "grade" of cancer. This is a method of stating just how cancerous the cancer cells are. The more poorly differentiated the cells are under the microscope, the higher the grade. This usually reflects the likelihood of the cancer speading if not treateed. The "stage" of cancer usually refers to the size of the cancerous area or tumor or its degree of spread. ...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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Does finding blood in my urine mean that I have bladder cancer?

Does finding blood in my urine mean that I have bladder cancer?

Possibly: Blood in the urine (whether microscopic or gross) must be evaluated by a urologist. The degree of hematuria does not necessarily correlate with the size of the problem, so the evaluation would include laboratory testing, imaging of the urianry tract, and cystoscopy - a procedure to look inside the urethar and bladder with a telescope. Possible causes include infection, stones, and malignancy. ...Read more

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I was just diagnost with bladder cancer dr said not aggressive. Not sure what to believe. Also have a protrusion like hernia on bladder.

I was just diagnost with bladder cancer dr said not aggressive. Not sure what to believe. Also have a protrusion like hernia on bladder.

See answer: Bladder cancer can be in different forms, one that is dangerous ("aggressive") and tends to invade deeply and spread in the body. Another form is unlikely to do so, but either type has the potential to recur. In other words, it is possible to have a nonaggressive bladder cancer. The second item sounds like a diverticulum of the bladder which can be a sign of obstruction of urine flow. Ask about it. ...Read more

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What are odds for surviving bladder cancer? The doctor says the bladder cancer is in early stages. Does this mean it can be cured?

Bladder cancer: Early stage bladder cancer can nearly always be successfully treated without major surgery. It is important to follow the surveillance cysto protocol after initial cystoscopic treatment (resection) due to the tendency for superficial recurrences. Cure is a relative term when dealing with some cancers. ...Read more

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Mom 56 told she has bladder cancer. Friday they removed tumor, Monday they said it had already come back. what stage could it be in? how aggressive?

Mom 56 told she has bladder cancer. Friday they removed tumor, Monday they said it had already come back. what stage could it be in? how aggressive?

Miscommunication: Bladder cancer won't grow back that fast after surgery. There is a misunderstanding. It's Mom's task to communicate with her physician, and as much as you love her, you will need to receive all the information about her health via her. Nobody here can second-guess. Bladder cancers range from trivial to very aggressive lesions. Mom may invite you to meet with her physicians if you are caregiver. ...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