Bladder Cancer Awareness Month
At Arizona Blood & Cancer Specialists (ABCS), we recognize the impact of bladder cancer on patients and their loved ones, which is why we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support for those affected.
Bladder cancer originates in the bladder cells responsible for urine storage. Common signs of bladder cancer include blood in the urine, difficulty urinating, and burning sensations during urination. If the cancer has spread to other areas of the body, symptoms may include abdominal pain, lower back pain on one side, bone pain or tenderness, unintended weight loss, lack of appetite, feet swelling, inability to urinate, and fatigue.
It is important to see a doctor if you experience unusual urinary tract infections or symptoms, including bleeding. However, such symptoms may not necessarily indicate cancer, as any disruption or irritation in the bladder can cause bleeding.
Risk factors such as smoking, exposure to certain chemicals, and bladder infections can increase the chances of developing bladder cancer, with men being more susceptible than women.
Diagnosing bladder cancer involves various tests, including physical examinations, imaging studies, and bladder tissue biopsies. Once diagnosed, treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Our team of specialists at Arizona Blood & Cancer Specialists works closely with each patient to create a personalized treatment plan that meets their specific needs and goals.
We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, and we offer compassionate care and support to help you navigate this challenging time and achieve the best possible outcome.