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Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is a relatively common cancer. The long-term outlook for bladder cancer is very good when it is diagnosed early and treated effectively. Indiana University Health specialists have extensive experience diagnosing bladder cancer accurately and identifying the best treatments to remove the primary tumor and kill remaining cancer cells. Bladder cancer is significantly more common in men than women.

The primary symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. Women can sometimes mistake blood in the urine for a urinary tract infection and may delay going to the doctor. If you have blood in your urine, you should be checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Stages of bladder cancer are based on the extent to which a tumor has grown into layers of the bladder wall and outward to other tissues of the body. Tumors confined to the inner lining of the bladder may often be removed completely. Any remaining cancer is often confined to the bladder and may be treated effectively with an excellent long-term outlook. 

Multidisciplinary teams at IU Health bring together specialists from several disciplines to collaborate in your care. We coordinate surgery, radiation and chemotherapy in a combined, comprehensive course of treatment. Our patient- and family-centered approach ensures that your treatment plan is designed specifically to fit your needs and preferences. 

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Bladder Cancer Treatment Information

Proper treatment of bladder cancer begins with an accurate diagnosis. Once we have ruled out other disorders that may be causing symptoms, we observe the tumor directly and take tissue samples through a transurethral (through the urethra) procedure that requires no incision.

The next step is staging. This involves determining several factors of the cancer, including the size of the tumor, its location and how far it has progressed into the bladder wall and out into the rest of the body. The stage of the cancer has a great impact on our choice of treatment techniques. The following are common treatments we use with bladder cancer:

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Bladder Cancer Support Services

Cancer treatment may bring challenges, and support resources can help you and your family with these. Learning about bladder cancer may also help you work more effectively with your physician.