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Bladder Cancer

The bladder is located in the pelvis. It collects and stores urine and has a muscular wall that allows it to contract and expand. The American Cancer Society estimates that 81,190 new cases of bladder cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018 and 17,240 people will die of the disease.

Cancer limited to the lining of the bladder is called non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). This type of cancer is sometimes called superficial bladder cancer. More than 75 percent of bladder cancer is diagnosed as a NMIBC and it has an excellent survival rate. Muscle invasive bladder cancer penetrates the layers of muscles in the bladder and is more likely to spread to other parts of the body but is often still quite curable. Bladder cancer is four times more common in men than in women. It is two times more common in Caucasians than African-Americans.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Once a cancer diagnosis is made, you will likely talk with your primary care physician along with several cancer specialists to discuss what happens before, during and after treatment.

CLINICAL TRIALS

 
Cancer specialists regularly conduct studies to test new treatments. These studies are called clinical trials. Clinical trials are available through cancer doctors everywhere — not just in major cities, university centers or in large hospitals.

SIDE EFFECTS

SIDE EFFECTS

Most of the side effects of radiation therapy are limmited to the area being treated. Short-term side effects are related to injury to normal rapidly dividing cells. They are usually temporary, mild and treatable.

TREATMENT TEAM

TREATMENT TEAM

While you undergo radiation therapy, a team of highly trained medical professionals will be working together to make sure you receive the best possible care.
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