Urology Specialist Group
Urologists serving Hialeah, Miami Lakes, and Miami, FL
Bladder cancer is a common form of cancer that usually occurs in the bladder or other areas of the urinary tract. Bladder cancer is treatable in most cases, but it requires consistent monitoring to screen for any recurrence, which is why you should see the expert urologists at the Urology Specialist Group in Hialeah and Miami Lakes, Florida. If you’re in the greater Miami or Fort Lauderdale areas of South Florida, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Bladder Cancer Q & A
What causes bladder cancer?
Bladder cancer is caused by abnormal cellular development in your bladder. As the cells continue to grow and mutate, they form a tumor. There is no clear reason why cells begin to behave abnormally, but there are a number of risk factors associated with bladder cancer, including:
- Radiation exposure
- Exposure to industrial chemicals
- Tobacco use
- Chronic bladder irritation/inflammation
- Gender (men are at higher risk)
Although bladder cancer isn’t always avoidable, it's important to be aware of these factors and avoid putting yourself at an increased risk.
What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?
Some of the symptoms of bladder cancer include:
- Pelvic pain
- Blood in urine
- Frequent urination
- Painful urination
- Back pain
If you notice any of these symptoms, especially blood in your urine, it's important to speak with the team at Urology Specialist Group as soon as possible. Like with many forms of cancer, bladder cancer has the best chances of treatment when detected early.
How is bladder cancer diagnosed?
There are a number of tests used to check for bladder cancer in both men and women. These tests include:
This test uses a sample of your urine to detect any cancerous cells. Urine cytology can't confirm a bladder cancer diagnosis on its own, but when used with other methods, it results in an accurate analysis of your urinary health.
Your urologist performs cystoscopy using a cystoscope, which is a narrow tube with a lens attached that is then inserted into your urethra. Once inserted, your doctor can get a clear image of your urinary tract and detect any abnormalities.
Your doctor usually performs biopsy if needed at the same time as the cystoscopy. During this procedure, they insert a tool through the cystoscope that collects tissue to be tested.
How is bladder cancer treated?
Treatment for bladder cancer depends on the stage and intensity of your condition. Bladder cancer is most effectively treated when it’s caught in the early stages. Your urologist also takes your overall health into consideration when forming a treatment strategy.
Some of the methods used to treat bladder cancer include:
- Cystectomy (removal of the bladder)
- Radiation therapy
Your urologist may recommend one treatment method individually, but often they use several together as part of an aggressive overall treatment plan.
To learn more about your risks and treatment options for bladder cancer, call the Urology Specialist Group or schedule an appointment online today.
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