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Bladder cancer occurs in the urinary bladder, the organ where urine is collected from the kidneys. It can develop in several areas but most often starts in the lining of the bladder.
If you or a loved one has symptoms of bladder cancer in the Bay Area, visit Dignity Health for expert care. Our oncologists provide quality preventive care and use the latest diagnostic equipment and methods for early detection. Use our online search tool and Find a Doctor today.
While many cancers don’t have recognizable signs early on, there are specific symptoms of bladder cancer in the early stages. They may come and go over a period of weeks or months, and include:
Since these symptoms are often seen in other health conditions, you should talk with your doctor for the right diagnosis.
In the later stages of the disease, signs of bladder cancer can include:
If you have one or more of these symptoms, meet with an expert at Dignity Health.
With regular visits and screenings, your doctor may be able to diagnose bladder cancer in the early stages, before signs and symptoms appear. This is when the disease is most treatable.
Your doctor may perform a physical exam and review your medical history before recommending one or more of these tests to further assess your symptoms:
Once you receive a diagnosis, your doctor will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that fits your preferences and needs.
Doctors at Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area diagnose bladder cancer symptoms in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.