Bladder cancer (bladder carcinoma) is fairly common, affecting as many as 200,000 to 3 million people in the United States each year. While bladder cancer is most common among older adults, it can potentially affect people of all ages. The disease usually begins in the cells in the lining of the bladder and when caught in the early stages it can be highly treatable. Bladder cancer tends to have a higher rate of reoccurrence, even when treated successfully, and therefore patients are encouraged to undergo regular monitoring and screenings in case the cancer returns.
The oncologists at the Bicher Oncology Center have dedicated their careers to providing cutting edge treatment to patients suffering from bladder cancer and many other forms of the disease. Contact a bladder cancer expert in Los Angeles at Bicher Oncology Center today for more information on diagnostic and treatment options.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Bladder Cancer?
The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. Because it is not always possible to detect blood in the urine with the naked eye, it may be necessary for a medical examination, where a urine sample is analyzed under a microscope. Some signs that there could be blood in the urine are a dark yellow, brown, or bright red color.
Other potential signs of bladder cancer include:
- Back and pelvic pain
- Frequent urination
- Pain during urination
Keeping an eye out for these symptoms can help you protect your health and catch potential bladder cancer at the earliest stage possible.
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Potential Causes of Bladder Cancer
Like many types of cancers, the direct causes of bladder cancer are not entirely understood. Certain factors are believed to potentially increase the odds of developing prostate cancer, including:
- Chemical exposure
- Parasitic infection
- Age (most common in older adults)
- Race and gender (more common in white males)
- Family history
- Side effects from certain medications for diabetes
Types of Bladder Cancer
Like many organs in the body, the bladder is made up of different variations of cells. The type of cancer and subsequent treatment options will depend on where the tumors originate in the bladder. The three main forms of bladder cancer are:
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma is fairly rare in the United States, as it most often results from chronic parasitic bladder infections more common in other parts of the world. Chronic bladder inflammation and infection is the most common cause and risk factor for this type of cancer.
Transitional Cell Carcinoma
This type of bladder cancer affects the lining of the bladder and is the most common form of bladder cancer in the United States. The cells in the lining of the ureter and urethra are the same type of cells that line the bladder and can therefore develop malignant tumors as well.
Adenocarcinoma affects the mucus-secreting glands in the bladder. This type of cancer is also fairly rare in the United States. It is important to note that bladder cancer can affect different types of cells within the organ.you’re not alone
Finding Bladder Cancer Care from Expert Oncologists
The oncologists at Bicher Oncology Center in Los Angeles have dedicated their careers to providing cutting edge care for patients dealing with bladder cancer and many more types of the disease. If you or a loved one has either been diagnosed with bladder cancer or are experiencing symptoms that may indicate the presence of the disease, contact our oncologists today to learn more about how hyperthermia combined with Low dose radiation (IMRT) can treat bladder cancer.