Detection and Treatment

Detecting and Treating Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer diagnosis usually begins when a patient visits their doctor concerned about blood in the urine or other urinary symptoms. People with a history of bladder cancer, with certain bladder-related birth defects, or who have a history of exposure to certain chemicals are at higher risk to develop this disease. While there is no screening currently available for people at normal risk, speaking with a doctor is the right step to take. Blood in the urine could be due to a number of different conditions, so speaking with a knowledgeable healthcare provider is important. Getting the correct diagnosis will help patients make informed choices about Palmer bladder cancer treatment and other health care choices.

Beginning Treatment

Once a patient has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, they will meet with a cancer care team to discuss a treatment plan. There may be many possible treatment options to consider, so patients should take time to learn as much as possible about each choice. Each treatment option has its own spectrum of benefits and risks; these must all be considered before an option is integrated into the larger care plan. These are some of the treatment solutions that a patient may be offered:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Intravesical therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Radiation therapy

In some cases, a combination of treatment choices may offer the best solution. For instance, bladder cancer is typically treated with surgery, either alone or in combination with other forms of treatment. A surgical procedure can remove bladder tumors in early stages. However, new cancers might form elsewhere in the bladder after surgery to remove early-stage bladder tumors has been performed; this is a concern shared by many patients diagnosed with this particular type of bladder cancer. As a result, surgery is sometimes conducted in conjunction with other forms of therapy in order to prevent the formation of new tumors.

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Support for Cancer Patients

The Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center is a specialty healthcare facility dedicated entirely to the treatment of many kinds of cancer. Our Palmer cancer center connects patients with surgeons and other specialists. Contact us today at (714) 962-7100.