Bladder cancer is the seventh most common cancer in the UK. It is the thirteenth most common cancer in women and those over 60 years old. The main risk factor for bladder cancer is increasing age, but smoking and exposure to some industrial chemicals also increase risk. It is important to recognise the symptoms. Bladder Cancer Delays have a profound effect on diagnosis and treatment.
Bladder cancer is usually identified by blood in the urine or blood found on urine testing. This is called Haematuria and is usually painless. You may see blood in the urine or notice that the urine is brown.
Sometimes the symptoms come and go. Other symptoms can include needing to urinate more frequently, urge to urinate and a burning sensation when passing urine. Persistent urine infection symptoms can be confused with bladder cancer symptoms. Many women passing through the menopause or suffering with Mesh complications suffer UTI and take routine antibiotics to treat. Persistent symptoms must be investigated for bladder cancer. It is important not to cause any Bladder Cancer Delays due to misdiagnosis.
If bladder cancer reaches an advanced stage it can spread and the symptoms include:
The treatment options for bladder cancer largely depend on how advanced the cancer is.
If you’ve been diagnosed with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (stages CIS, Ta and T1), your recommended treatment plan depends on the risk of the cancer returning or spreading beyond the lining of your bladder.
This risk is calculated using a series of factors, including:
The recommended treatment plan for muscle-invasive bladder cancer depends on how far the cancer has spread. With T2 and T3 bladder cancer, treatment aims to cure the condition if possible, or at least control it for a long time.
Your medical team may recommend surgery or radiotherapy treatment because of your individual circumstances. In some cases, chemotherapy may be used during treatment for muscle-invasive bladder cancer.
It is so important to have any symptoms properly investigated to rule out bladder cancer. If it is suspected, then it is equally important to have treatment started quickly to stop the spread of the cancer and to choose the most appropriate treatment. Late diagnosis and late treatment make treatment longer, more invasive and sadly not always successful.