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Does bladder cancer have a tumor?

Does bladder cancer have a tumor?

Bladder cancer starts when cells that make up the urinary bladder start to grow out of control. As more cancer cells develop, they can form a tumor and, with time, spread to other parts of the body.

Is there such a thing as bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer or bladder tumors are relatively common in the United States, and most bladder tumors are cancerous. Bladder cancer signs and symptoms may include the following:

What kind of surgery is needed for bladder cancer?

Transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT): This is a very important procedure for accurate tumor typing, staging and grading. Your doctor can look inside the bladder, take tumor samples and resect (cut away) what he/she sees of your tumor.

When to see a doctor for bladder cancer?

If you suspect you may have a bladder tumor, your primary care doctor can refer you to a urologist to examine you and run the various tests used to diagnose bladder cancer. The earlier the diagnosis, the more likely for you to have a successful treatment outcome. Bladder cancers (tumors) are staged from stage I through stage IV :

Can you have more than one test for bladder cancer?

More than one sample may be taken because sometimes cancer starts in more than one part of the bladder. Salt water washings of the inside of your bladder may also be collected to look for cancer cells. Any samples are sent to a lab and tested to see if there are cancer cells in them.

What is the worst type of bladder cancer?

Stage 4 bladder cancer is the most advanced stage and carries the worst prognosis. Many cancer treatments will be both difficult and challenging. However, treatment can reduce or even eliminate your symptoms and help you live a longer, more comfortable life.

What is the cure for bladder cancer?

A: Bladder cancer can be cured as long as it is detected early. The earlier the cancer is discovered, the better the chance for a cure. Standard treatments including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy at early stage bring you great chance of survival.

What is the leading cause of bladder cancer?

Smoking is the number one cause of bladder cancer, followed by exposure to various chemicals. Personal or family history of cancer is another cause and so are other bladder diseases.

How do you remove a bladder tumor?

A transurethral bladder tumor resection is surgery done to remove a tumor from the bladder. The surgery is done with a thin, lighted tube called a scope that is put into the urethra. The bladder holds your urine until you urinate, and the urethra is the tube that drains urine from the bladder.