is the rapid, uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the bladder. Cancer
usually begins in the lining of the bladder. The cancerous cells may spread
through the lining into the muscular wall of the bladder.
cancer may spread to
lymph nodes, other organs in the pelvis (causing
problems with kidney and bowel function), or other organs in the body, such as
the liver and lungs.
Your treatment will depend on how far the cancer has spread.
Most bladder cancer is found early, before it has spread into the bladder wall. Surgery can usually remove these tumors. But bladder cancer often comes back, so you may also get other treatments, such as chemotherapy or immunotherapy, to lower the chances of that happening.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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