Bladder Cancer

Below you will find more information about Bladder Cancer from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Bladder Cancer it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Bladder Cancer and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Bladder Cancer comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Bladder Cancer is a type of cancer occurring in the bladder, which is the organ in the pelvic region responsible for storing urine. Bladder cancer usually starts in the cells lining the inside of the bladder.

Diagnosis

Cystoscopy involves inserting a cystoscope in the urethra to get a view of the inside of the bladder and urethra. Urine cytology is carried out to check presence of cancer cells. Computerized Tomography (CT) scan and Magnetic Resonance Imaging can provide the doctor a clearer view of the bladder and urethra.

Treatment

Surgery procedures to remove cancerous cells are often recommended by physicians. Chemotherapy can kill cancer with the use of drugs either before operation or after operation to reduce the size of the cancer cells that might be left after the operation. Radiation therapy destructs cancer cells with the use of high-energy beams.

Symptoms and Signs

Blood in the urine can sometimes be bright red or cola colored in appearance. Frequent and painful urination usually occurs in combination with pain in the back and abdominal region. Infection in the urinary tract of the patient often comes with the disease.

Causes

Bladder cancer occurs when healthy cells in the bladder develop mutations leading to the development of abnormal cells that can grow out and outnumber healthy cells which can result to the formation of tumor.

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