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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".

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If bladder cancer tumor was size of an orange, would u say that more than likely the stage will be a bad stage? Does large tumor mean death? I know weneed pathology report but can u please shed light?

If bladder cancer tumor was size of an orange, would u say that more than likely the stage will be a bad stage? Does large tumor mean death? I know weneed pathology report but can u please shed light?

Bladder tumor: The size does increase the possibility that the tumor extends into the muscle layer. Even so, that doesn't mean it can not be effectively treated.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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I've been having soreness in my lower legs and frequent clear urination. Does this mean I have bladder cancer?

I've been having soreness in my lower legs and frequent clear urination. Does this mean I have bladder cancer?

Very unlikely: That someone your age would develop bladder cancer. Although there are several possible answers for your symptoms, if they persist for more than a few days you should seek medical care. Urinary infection, diabetes and other endocrine disorders are on the list of possibilities.

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Cystoscope showed red areas biopsy was taken does this mean bladder cancer, had a lot of pain & blood in urine?

Cystoscope showed red areas biopsy was taken does this mean bladder cancer, had a lot of pain & blood in urine?

Red areas in bladder: 48F from England has cystoscopy and Bx of red areas. Asks: Does this mean bladder cancer? Had lots of pain and blood in urine. ANS: at your age not likely and the Bx will tell. So wait till it comes back. Wha did the Dr. Think it was?

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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.

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Can bladder cancer recur?

Can bladder cancer recur?

Yes: Bladder cancers can very aggressive and recur despite treatment with radical surgery and/or chemotherapy. There is no way to be sure who will develop recurrence and therefore constant monitoring is essential after definitive therapy.

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Is bladder cancer serious?

Is bladder cancer serious?

Yes: Most bladder cancers diagnosed in the us are, however, very early in their presentations (stages 0 or 1), and therefore curable. However, a neglected bladder cancer will progress to a more advanced form of cancer that may become incurable and lethal. Therefore, it is important to take care of this as soon as possible.

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Is bladder cancer painful?

Maybe: Bladder cancer is generally not painful until it has spread to local organs and structures. If it contained to the superficial lining of the bladder without invasion, it is usually not painful.

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How common is bladder cancer?

How common is bladder cancer?

More common in men: In 2012, an estimated 73, 510 cases are predicted, with 55, 600 in men and 17, 910 in women. This represents 7% of new cancers in men and is the fourth most common, but not in the top ten for women.

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Is bladder cancer hereditary?

Is bladder cancer hereditary?

No: Tobacco and environmental exposures to dyes for urothelial cancer; schistosoma hematobium, a parasite in egypt and chronic csatheterization for squamous cancr, and adenocarcinoma related to remnants of the urachus, the foetal conduit of urinary exretion through umbilicus into placental circulation...In this last case one might say "inborn error" but not genetic or hereditary.

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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.

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Dr. Terence Chapman
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Bladder Cancer (Definition)

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