Bladder Cancer Symptoms and Treatments
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, then chances are good that you are looking for valuable information to figure out the best options for managing symptoms and treating this form of cancer.
Here at Kasraeian Urology, we believe that patients should have all the information necessary to make an informed decision about their health and course of treatment. We know that this diagnosis can be difficult, but our goal is to make your treatment process easy on you and those you love.
Unfortunately, not much is known about why some people develop bladder cancer and others do not. However, there are risk factors that could increase your chances of developing bladder cancer such as smoking, exposure to certain industrial chemicals, recurring bladder infections, genetics, bladder birth defects and age (bladder cancer tends to occur in those over the age of 55).
As with any form of cancer, early detection is key to a good prognosis. Knowing the symptoms is important so that you know when it’s time to come in for a diagnostic consultation. If you are at a high risk for bladder cancer then you may come in routinely for bladder cancer screenings. Common symptoms of bladder cancer include:
- Blood in the urine
- Painful or burning during urination
- Changes in urinary habits
Those with more advanced stages of cancer may lose weight unexpected, experience loss of appetite, feel weak or have trouble urinating. It’s important to note that these symptoms are not unique to bladder cancer, and most of the time these symptoms are caused by less serious issues. However, it’s still important that you seek proper medical attention to ensure that if it is bladder cancer this it is detected and treated as soon as possible.
How we decide to treat your bladder cancer will depend on how advanced the cancer is, along with other factors. In some cases, there may be one treatment option that will be most effective, while other times our expert urology team may recommend multiple treatment options to complement each other. Some patients may choose to have the bladder completely removed during early stages of cancer; however, this also comes with its own set of pros and cons. Other treatment options include:
- Radiation therapy
- Intravesical therapy
Before we begin any course of treatment we will discuss all your options with you completely so that you understand what is the best treatment for you and your needs.
If you’ve been diagnosed with bladder cancer discover the many treatment options we offer here at Kasraeian Urology by calling our office at (904) 727-7955.
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