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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bladder Cancer Surgery - What You Should Know?

What is Bladder Cancer?
Bladder cancer is any of several types of malignancy arising from the epithelial lining of the urinary bladder. Rarely the bladder is involved by non-epithelial cancers, such as lymphoma or sarcoma, but these are not ordinarily included in the colloquial term "bladder cancer.

Bladder Cancer Symptoms 

  • Blood in your urine
  • A frequent urge to urinate
  • Low back pain
  • Pain when you urinate.
  • Pelvic pain
  • Types of bladder cancer

Types of bladder cancer
  • Transitional cell carcinoma.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma. 
  • Adenocarcinoma. 
Questions to ask your doctor.
  • Do I have bladder cancer?
  • What is the stage of my cancer?
  • Will I need any additional tests?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • Can any treatments cure my bladder cancer?
  • What are the potential risks of each treatment?
  • Is there one treatment you feel is best for me?
  • Should I see a specialist? What will that cost, and will my insurance cover it?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
  • What will determine whether I should plan for a follow-up visit?
Treatments for bladder cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biologic therapy. Biologic therapy boosts your body's own ability to fight cancer.



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