Posted in: Bladder Cancer Treatment by Dr. Tarang Krishna
Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting thousands of people each year. Bladder cancer occurs in men more often than it actually does in women. Trends say that it usually affects the older adults and can happen at any age.
Around seven out of 10 bladder cancers are diagnosed at an early stage when it is known to be highly treatable. But even the early stage bladder cancer may recur in the bladder. This is why patients need follow up tests for years after bladder cancer treatment which recurs of advances to a higher stage.
To understand and determine cancer’s stage after a bladder cancer diagnosis, doctors try to answer these questions -
- Has cancer spread to nearby structures?
- How far has cancer grown?
- Has cancer spread to the nearby nodes or distant organs?
The causes of bladder cancer remain unknown but genetic mutations may seem to play a role. These might be inherited or may develop during a person’s lifetime. The intake of tobacco and exposure to chemicals may bring about changes which lead to bladder cancer but appear to affect people in various ways.
The genetic factors are not thought to be a major reason for bladder cancer but may make a person more likely to react to the effects of the tobacco and certain industrial chemicals. Other causes are smoking, past radiation exposure, parasitic infections and chronic irritation of the lining of the bladder.
Bladder cancer can be detected early because it causes blood in the urine or other urinary signs.
- Blood in the urine
- Having to urinate more often than usual
- Pain or burning during urination
- Loss of appetite, weakness and weight loss
- Lower back pain on one side
- Feeling as if you need to go right away, even when the bladder ain’t full.
- Having trouble urinating or having a weak urine stream
- Swelling in the feet and bone pain
Again many of these signs are more likely to be caused by something other than bladder cancer, it is important to have them checked so that the cause can be found and treated if needed.
Bladder cancer treatment
Bladder cancer treatment depends on the type of cancer, how advanced the cancer is, the spread and the age of the patient. Immunotherapy is also known as an effective bladder cancer treatment which is used to stimulate the immune system in order to stop or delay the bladder cancer. At Cancer Healer Center, the Cancer Healer Therapy is used which stimulates the immune system to fight cancer with complete, effective and long-lasting cures. No matter what stage it is, bladder cancer treatment is available for all stages at this renowned cancer hospital in India.