Bladder Cancer Diagnosis in Maryland

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If detected in the initial stages, bladder cancer is highly treatable. Bladder cancer develops mostly in older people and affects men more than women. About 1 in 27 males develop bladder cancer, while 1 in 89 women are prone to it.

At Chesapeake Oncology-Hematology Associates (COHA), we provide you with specialized care and bladder cancer treatment. With over 25 years of experience, our team of experienced oncologists will recommend the best treatment plan for your specific diagnosis.

Bladder Cancer Conditions we treat

We treat the following types of bladder cancer:

  • Urothelial carcinoma
  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Small cell carcinoma
  • Sarcoma
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Bladder Cancer Diagnosis Options in Maryland

Surgery

Surgery is a part of bladder cancer treatment for invasive bladder cancer where usually complete removal of the bladder (Radical cystectomy) is required. In some cases, partial cystectomy or transurethral resection (TUR) is performed to cure early-stage bladder cancer. If the bladder is removed for treating bladder cancer, urinary diversions are performed. These surgical procedures give your body an alternate way to store and remove urine.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation can be used to treat, relieve pain, or manage the symptoms. Radiotherapy is an effective bladder cancer treatment and can be paired with other treatments like chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy prevents the growth of cancer cells by shrinking the tumors and killing the cancer cells. Bladder tumors that have spread to the muscle wall and might spread further can be treated by chemotherapy before surgery.

Immunotherapy

Patients with metastatic bladder cancer benefit from immunotherapy. It is a drug-based approach that strengthens the patient’s own immune system to fight bladder cancer.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Bladder Cancer

Firstly, it is important to know that many treatment options are available if bladder cancer is detected in the initial stage. Secondly, surgery is considered the most successful treatment to cure bladder cancer. Thirdly, there are innovative treatment options available for treating bladder cancer through clinical trials. Our providers will discuss the best treatment options for you.

There is an array of surgery options available for treating bladder cancer. Some of them are minimally invasive and involve less risk. However, extensive surgery procedures like radical cystectomy are considered serious and have their own set of risks.

If diagnosed early, multiple treatment options are available for treating bladder cancer. Early detection increases the chances of using minimally invasive treatments. The tumors can be removed using the transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT) surgery followed by chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or radiation therapy.

Using the TNM staging system, the stage of bladder cancer can be determined. Considering the size, spread to lymph nodes, and metastasis, it is graded between 0-4, ranging from least advanced to the most advanced.

Blood or blood clots in urine, pain or burning sensation during urination, frequent urination, lower back pain on one side, and not being able to pass urine despite the urge to urinate are common symptoms of bladder cancer.

Older people are at more risk of developing bladder cancer. It can develop at any age, but people above 55 are more prone to bladder cancer. Men are at more risk of developing bladder cancer compared to women.

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