Bladder Cancer

When caught early, you have a positive long-term outlook 

Bladder cancer is a relatively common cancer, more often found in men than women. When physicians diagnose and treat your bladder cancer early, you have a positive long-term outlook. 

The primary symptom of bladder cancer is blood in your urine. Some mistake blood in the urine for a urinary tract infection. Do not delay going to your doctor if you have blood in your urine.

OverviewSlice

Physicians base the stages of bladder cancer on the extent to which a tumor has grown into layers of your bladder wall and outward to other tissues in your body. Surgeons can often completely remove tumors confined to the inner lining of the bladder. They treat any remaining cancer, confined to the bladder, with excellent long-term outlook. 

How We Can Help

Physicians at Indiana University Health Cancer Centers  have extensive experience accurately diagnosing bladder cancer and identifying the best treatments to remove the primary tumor and kill remaining cancer cells. 

Multidisciplinary teams at IU Health Cancer Centers consist of specialists from several disciplines that collaborate your care. Your physicians coordinate surgery, radiation and chemotherapy for your treatment. Their patient- and family-centered approach ensures that your treatment plan fits your specific needs and preferences. 

Overview

Physicians base the stages of bladder cancer on the extent to which a tumor has grown into layers of your bladder wall and outward to other tissues in your body. Surgeons can often completely remove tumors confined to the inner lining of the bladder. They treat any remaining cancer, confined to the bladder, with excellent long-term outlook. 

How We Can Help

Physicians at Indiana University Health Cancer Centers  have extensive experience accurately diagnosing bladder cancer and identifying the best treatments to remove the primary tumor and kill remaining cancer cells. 

Multidisciplinary teams at IU Health Cancer Centers consist of specialists from several disciplines that collaborate your care. Your physicians coordinate surgery, radiation and chemotherapy for your treatment. Their patient- and family-centered approach ensures that your treatment plan fits your specific needs and preferences. 

TreatmentSlice

Proper treatment of bladder cancer begins with an accurate diagnosis. Once your physicians rule out other disorders, they observe the tumor directly and take tissue samples through a transurethral (through the urethra) procedure that requires no incision.

They then stage the cancer using the tumor size, its location and how far it has progressed into the bladder wall and out into the rest of the body. The stage of your cancer impacts your choice of treatment. Common treatments with bladder cancer include:

  • Surgery. When your physicians catch your bladder cancer before it spreads, they can remove or destroy the tumor using special tools inserted through the urethra. These tools allow them to see and treat cancer inside the bladder without an incision. Sometimes a tumor has spread far enough that your physicians will have to remove some, or all, of the bladder. To do this, they will make small incisions in the abdomen.
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation 

Treatment

Proper treatment of bladder cancer begins with an accurate diagnosis. Once your physicians rule out other disorders, they observe the tumor directly and take tissue samples through a transurethral (through the urethra) procedure that requires no incision.

They then stage the cancer using the tumor size, its location and how far it has progressed into the bladder wall and out into the rest of the body. The stage of your cancer impacts your choice of treatment. Common treatments with bladder cancer include:

  • Surgery. When your physicians catch your bladder cancer before it spreads, they can remove or destroy the tumor using special tools inserted through the urethra. These tools allow them to see and treat cancer inside the bladder without an incision. Sometimes a tumor has spread far enough that your physicians will have to remove some, or all, of the bladder. To do this, they will make small incisions in the abdomen.
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation 

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Patient Stories for Bladder Cancer

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American Cancer Society

The ACS site provides specific information regarding bladder cancer as well as general cancer information and other resources.

National Cancer Institute

As part of the National Institutes of Health, this National Cancer Institute booklet features extensive information about bladder cancer and related topics.

Genetics Home Reference

This national government website includes education about the role of genetics in bladder cancer and what impact this can have on you and your family.

Resources

American Cancer Society

The ACS site provides specific information regarding bladder cancer as well as general cancer information and other resources.

National Cancer Institute

As part of the National Institutes of Health, this National Cancer Institute booklet features extensive information about bladder cancer and related topics.

Genetics Home Reference

This national government website includes education about the role of genetics in bladder cancer and what impact this can have on you and your family.