Bladder cancer is dangerous tumor growth that usually starts in the cells lining the inside of the bladder. About half of new bladder cancers are found in very early stages, when it is still confined to the lining of the bladder. In the US, bladder cancer accounts for about five percent of all new cancer cases.
As part of our trusted oncology services, Dignity Health offers expert, personal care for bladder cancer in Central California. To learn more about our advanced diagnostics and treatment options, use our online search tool to Find a Doctor.
Bladder Cancer Symptoms
Bladder cancer symptoms often appear in the early stages of the disease, allowing for timely diagnosis.
Early signs and symptoms of bladder cancer include:
- Trouble urinating
- Pain or burning with urination
- Weak urine stream
- Blood in the urine
- Frequent or urgent urination
Because similar symptoms may be experienced with other conditions, it’s important to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.
What Causes Bladder Cancer?
The exact cause of bladder cancer is unknown. However, certain risk factors increase your likelihood of developing the disease. Smoking is the most common risk factor — roughly half of US cases of bladder cases involve people who smoke. In fact, smokers are two to three times more likely to develop bladder cancer than nonsmokers.
Other risk factors include exposure to chemicals in paints, plastics, dyes, and rubber, as well as chronic or frequent urinary tract infections.
Bladder Cancer Treatment at Dignity Health Central California
There are a number of treatment and prevention strategies for bladder cancer. The best way to help prevent the condition is to reduce your risk factors. Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself.
The stage of your cancer will guide your treatment plan. Treatments are often combined for the effectiveness. Care for early-stage bladder cancer usually involves surgery followed by chemotherapy. Options for later stages include surgery, radiation, and systemic chemotherapy.
To learn more about your options for bladder cancer treatment with a human touch, visit a Dignity Health Central California hospital near you. Dignity Health Central California provides personal care throughout diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.