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Bladder cancer occurs when cancer cells begin to grow and spread, forming a tumor in the bladder. Finding early evidence of bladder cancer before it spreads can improve the chances of effectively treating it.
Early and effective screening is vital to effective bladder cancer diagnoses. 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 higher 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.
The three primary types of bladder cancer are:
Each individual may experience symptoms differently; however, these are the most common symptoms associated with bladder cancer:
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 the care team and patient, Inspira is there with comprehensive support.
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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.
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