Bladder Cancer

If you know or suspect that you or your loved one has bladder cancer you can be certain that Inspira brings advanced treatment close to home in Southern, NJ.

Bladder cancer occurs when cancer cells begin to grow and spread, forming a tumor in the bladder. The three primary types of bladder cancer are:
  • Urothelial carcinoma: Urothelial carcinoma is the most common type of bladder cancer, accounting for nearly 90 percent of all bladder cancer cases. This form of cancer begins in the urothelial cells that live in the urinary tract.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: Squamous cells grow in the lining of the bladder and, over time, can become cancerous. This type affects 4 percent of all bladder cancer patients.
  • Adenocarcinoma: Developing from glandular cells, adenocarcinoma accounts for 2 percent of all bladder cancers.

Symptoms

Each individual may experience symptoms differently; however, these are the most common symptoms associated with bladder cancer:
  • Blood in the urine
  • Painful urination
  • Frequently feeling the need to urinate without results
  • Frequent urination
  • Pelvic or flank pain

Screening Is this appropriate Diagnosis

Finding early evidence of bladder cancer before it spreads can improve the chances of effectively treating it. People who have previously been diagnosed with bladder cancer, people with certain birth defects affecting the bladder, and people exposed to certain chemicals at work are at outsized risk of contracting the disease and should consider getting screened on a recurring basis.

In addition to a physical exam, your physician will conduct a urinalysis to determine if there is blood present in your urine (hematuria). Your doctor may also perform a cystoscopy. Using a thin, lighted tool called a cystoscope, your doctor will gain access to your bladder through the urethra. If bladder cancer is diagnosed at this stage, other tests will likely follow, including chest X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, bone scans and/or blood tests.

Treatment

Depending on the stage and severity, oncologists can treat bladder cancer using a few different methods. If possible, your cancer team may remove the tumor or cancerous tissue with surgery. When surgery isn’t possible, radiation therapy is often sought as a primary treatment to destroy cancer cells. Radiation may also be used after surgery to lower the chance of recurrence.

For tumors that have a higher risk of progressing or recurring, treatment with medication / chemotherapy in the bladder (intravesical chemotherapy) is a common option. If cancer cells have spread throughout the body, a more holistic form of systemic chemotherapy will be used. For some patients a chosen option is immunotherapy, using your body’s own immune system to fight cancer cells in the bladder or elsewhere in the body. Whatever the chosen course of treatment between care team and patient – Inspira is there with comprehensive support.

If you’d like more information about your or a loved one’s cancer care, or to receive a second opinion about a diagnosis, call 1-800-INSPIRA.

Why Choose Inspira?

Advanced Technology Meets Compassionate Support

We combine cutting-edge medical technology with a human touch, allowing us to provide expert care. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained oncology physicians are well-versed in the latest cancer treatments and are equipped with advanced technologies that can increase your chances for a successful recovery. We also understand that navigating the ups and downs of life with cancer can be overwhelming, which is why we provide a built-in support system of social workers, counselors, navigators, registered dieticians and behavioral health specialists so you and your family don’t have to walk the path to recovery alone.

A Comprehensive Approach to Cancer Care

Inspira’s oncology physicians take a multi-faceted approach to detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer by looking at your condition from a holistic perspective. Whether you’re just beginning treatment or are a cancer-free survivor, we take everything—genetics, lifestyle habits and other risk factors—into account when designing your care plan. By treating the whole person rather than just the disease itself, we’re able to offer a more targeted, personalized experience.

Access to Clinical Trials

Inspira participates in clinical trials to explore new ways to prevent, detect or treat cancer. Clinical trials can also focus on other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with cancer. Participants help others and may also benefit from receiving the newest treatment along with additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.

Cancer Services Close to Home

Residents of South Jersey need not travel far to get the best in cancer care—with multiple facilities in the region, Inspira delivers a full breadth of cancer services close to where you live. When you’re not distracted by a long commute to your medical provider, you have more energy to focus on what’s important: healing and getting your life back.