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My sister was diagnosed with bladder cancer. What do I need to know?

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Dr. Michael Yu
Urology
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In brief: Invasion of muscle

Assuming this is urothelial carcinoma, the most important issue is whether or not there is muscle invasion.
One-third of all newly diagnosed cases of bladder cancer present with muscle invasion, which indicates more aggressive disease and requires either cystectomy or combination therapy with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Also, the grade of the cancer would be useful information.

In brief: Invasion of muscle

Assuming this is urothelial carcinoma, the most important issue is whether or not there is muscle invasion.
One-third of all newly diagnosed cases of bladder cancer present with muscle invasion, which indicates more aggressive disease and requires either cystectomy or combination therapy with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Also, the grade of the cancer would be useful information.
Dr. Michael Yu
Dr. Michael Yu
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: The bladder holds

Urine, liquid waste filtered blood/plasma by the kidneys, so it is exposed to toxins and held until we void.
Cigarett smoking is a risk. The lining may be involved before it invades into the bladder muscle. There ae treatments short of bladder removal if it does not invade the muscle. The standard for invasive cancer is surgery, + chemotherapy.

In brief: The bladder holds

Urine, liquid waste filtered blood/plasma by the kidneys, so it is exposed to toxins and held until we void.
Cigarett smoking is a risk. The lining may be involved before it invades into the bladder muscle. There ae treatments short of bladder removal if it does not invade the muscle. The standard for invasive cancer is surgery, + chemotherapy.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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In brief: Bladder cancer

2 big questions..
..How deep was the cancer, depth refers to if cancer invades the muscle....2nd issue is high grade or low grade, this refers to how aggressive the cancer cells are and the likelihood od spreading outside the bladder.....Treatments depend on this two critical factors.

In brief: Bladder cancer

2 big questions..
..How deep was the cancer, depth refers to if cancer invades the muscle....2nd issue is high grade or low grade, this refers to how aggressive the cancer cells are and the likelihood od spreading outside the bladder.....Treatments depend on this two critical factors.
Dr. Richard Sarle
Dr. Richard Sarle
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