Urology located in Jacksonville, FL & Jacksonville Beach, FL
More than 80,000 men and women in the United States are diagnosed with bladder cancer every year. If you’ve been diagnosed with bladder cancer, then you’re probably looking for valuable information to figure out the best options for managing your symptoms and treating your cancer. The experienced team at Kasraeian Urology, including Ahmad Kasraeian, MD, FACS, and Ali Kasraeian, MD, FACS, with clinics in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach, Florida, can provide you with the answers you need. For a consultation, call the clinic nearest you today.
Bladder Cancer Q & A
What’s bladder cancer?
Bladder cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the bladder. This form of cancer is more commonly seen in men than in women.
You could be at risk of bladder cancer if you’re a smoker, you’ve been exposed to chemicals or radiation, or you have a history of chronic bladder irritation. A family history of bladder cancer also places you at higher risk.
Most cases of bladder cancer are detected early, which usually means an improved response to treatment and better outcomes.
Does bladder cancer cause symptoms?
The most common sign of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. You can also experience:
- Back or pelvic pain
- Pain while urinating
- Changes in urine habits
- Frequent urination
If your cancer is more advanced, you can also experience loss of appetite, unexpected weight loss, weakness, and have difficulty urinating.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, the team at Kasraeian Urology can do a full evaluation to determine if your symptoms are due to bladder cancer or something else.
How’s bladder cancer diagnosed?
When you come in with symptoms that could indicate bladder cancer, the experienced team at Kasraeian Urology review your symptoms and medical history.
Your specialist also does a physical exam, blood work, and a urine test. Specialized testing might also be needed to confirm a diagnosis. These tests include:
During a cystoscopy, your specialist inserts a scope through your urethra to take a closer look at the tissue inside your bladder.
During a biopsy, your specialist takes a sample of tissue from your bladder and has it tested for cellular changes.
X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs could also be recommended to further assess your bladder and determine the stage of your cancer, which often determines the kind of treatment your doctor will recommend.
What are the main treatments of bladder cancer?
Your specialist at Kasraeian Urology determines the best course of treatment of your bladder cancer based on the advancement of your cancer. Treatment can include:
- Radiation therapy
- Intravesical therapy
Your specialist at Kasraeian Urology works one-on-one with you to determine your best treatment.
To get answers to your questions after a bladder cancer diagnosis, call Kasraeian Urology today.