At Group Health Medical Centers, patients who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer receive outstanding and compassionate care from our urologists and other cancer specialists. Our bladder cancer treatment is based on the latest technology and research. With our team approach, our urologists and cancer doctors work together with other providers at Group Health to find the most effective treatment for each patient.
Bladder cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the bladder, an organ that stores urine until it is released. Older adults are the most likely to get bladder cancer, but it can occur at any age. This cancer is more common in men than in women.
The most common causes of bladder cancer are cigarette smoking and exposure to toxic chemicals. While bladder cancers are often found at an early stage and can be successfully treated, this type of cancer is likely to reoccur. Follow-up tests and appointments are important after treatment.
Symptoms of bladder cancer include blood in the urine, an urgent need to urinate, pain and needing to urinate frequently. However, these are also symptoms of other non-cancer bladder problems. If you have any of these symptoms, see your personal doctor as soon as possible. A prompt diagnosis of a bladder problem is important.
To learn more, see Bladder Cancer.