Facing Bladder Cancer

Facing Bladder Cancer

BCAN developed the resources below for people who are facing bladder cancer. They contain information about what bladder cancer is, how it is diagnosed, the types, stages and grades of bladder cancer as well as it signs and symptoms.

Facing Bladder Cancer

  • What is Bladder Cancer?

    Cancer occurs when cells in the bladder start to grow out of control. Bladder cancer most often begins in the urothelial cells that line the inside of your bladder.  Most tumors develop on the inner layer of the bladder. Some can grow into deeper bladder layers.

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  • How do Doctors Find Bladder Cancer?

    Although radiological tests provide important information about the kidneys and the ureters, cystoscopy is  the best method of evaluating the bladder and the urethra and diagnosing and monitoring bladder cancer.

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  • Bladder Cancer Types, Stages & Grades

    Three types of bladder cancer may form, and each type of tumor can be present in one or more areas of the bladder, and more than one type can be present at the same time.

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  • Bladder Cancer Symptoms, Signs and Risk Factors

    The most common clinical sign of bladder cancer is painless gross hematuria, blood in the urine that can easily be seen.

    Learn more about other bladder cancer symptoms.

  • Glossary of Terms

    Learn more about the commonly used terms associated with bladder cancer.

  • Stories

    Having bladder cancer can be a lonely experience. Reading the words of others who have “been there, done that” can help people feel less alone. We created our Bladder Cancer Stories section to enable patients and caregivers to tell their own stories of what it’s like to live with or love someone with this terrible disease. We hope you find comfort in these stories.

  • Tips for the Newly Diagnosed

    To help you become the best advocate for your own health, we have put together this list, compiled by individuals who are living with bladder cancer. We hope you find it useful.

  • Bladder Cancer Treatments

    Knowing the stage and grade of your tumor helps your doctor decide which methods are most suitable for treating your cancer. It is important to remember that bladder cancer patients must expect to be closely followed by their urologists, with regularly scheduled cystoscopies and urine cytology as bladder tumors often recur. Early detection is crucial to a good long-term prognosis.

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  • Living Well With Bladder Cancer

    Everyone can benefit from knowing more about how good nutrition impacts cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship. BCAN’s 2018 Young Investigator Awardee, Dr. Eugene Lee from the University of Kansas, produced a series of videos that provide important information and nutrition tips.

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  • Nutrition and Bladder Cancer

    Many patients and their families want to know what they can do to help prevent bladder cancer or prepare their bodies for treatment. Good nutrition is important for everyone, but balanced, healthy diets are strongly recommended for those undergoing bladder cancer treatments.