The Region’s Leading Experts in Diagnosis and Treatment of Bladder Cancer
At Chesapeake Urology, our physicians are leading experts in the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer. Our team of cancer professionals is dedicated to delivering the most advanced, compassionate and personalized care to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. Our physicians are on the leading edge of the most sophisticated technology, diagnostic and minimally invasive surgical procedures, as well as clinical trials. Not only do our cancer specialists deliver the most advanced medical, surgical and oncologic care, but they do so with compassion, so you can feel confident that you are in the very best hands.
About Bladder Cancer
The bladder is a balloon shaped organ that collects urine from the kidneys and
stores it until it is eliminated through a tube called the urethra. The most common type of bladder cancer, transitional or urothelial cell, starts in the lining of the bladder.
Bladder cancer is highly treatable in the early stages of the disease, which is why it’s important for you to be seen by an experienced urologist when exhibiting any unusual bladder symptoms.
Early stages of bladder cancer often produce no symptoms. Your first warning sign may be hematuria (blood in your urine that may be visible or only be visible under a microscope).
Other less common symptoms include:
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination or feeling an urge to urinate without results
- Slow or intermittent urine stream
- Pelvic pain
These symptoms may indicate other medical problems, such as urinary tract infections or bladder stones; you will need a thorough evaluation to determine the cause.
Who's at Risk?
The following factors increase your risk of developing bladder cancer:
- Cigarette smoking - the single greatest risk factor for bladder cancer
- Exposure to industrial chemicals
- Chronic bladder inflammation or foley catheter use
- Chemotherapy or radiation therapy for other cancers
Diagnosing Bladder Cancer
Because bladder cancer is highly treatable in the early stages of the disease, it’s important to see your doctor if you are experiencing any unusual symptoms. Chesapeake Urology’s physicians are experienced in the latest diagnostic techniques that can identify bladder cancer quickly and accurately. Your doctor will first perform a thorough history and physical exam and will perform blood work. Other tests you may receive on your initial visit include:
- Urine cytology, urine flourescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and other tumor marker tests
- CT urography
- Blue Light Cystoscopy, an innovative diagnostic tool that allows your urologist to visualize more cancer tumors within the bladder. Learn more here.
Treating Bladder Cancer
A Chesapeake Urology bladder cancer specialist will develop a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan that best meets the individual needs of the patient and coordinate care with the patient’s primary care physician. Surgical treatment is often recommended for patients with bladder cancer. Some patients will receive radiation, chemotherapy or immunotherapy in addition to, or instead of, surgery.
Surgical and other therapeutic approaches include:
- Transurethral resection (TUR)
- Radical cystectomy
- Radiation therapy