Bladder Cancer

Non-Surgical Cancer Treatment in Phoenix, AZ

At Palo Verde Cancer Specialists, we believe one thing above all else: that no matter what your situation or diagnosis, there is always hope. As a premier radiation therapy and cancer treatment center serving the greater Phoenix, AZ area, we’re proud to provide world-class cancer treatments to patients with all forms of cancer, helping our patients beat the odds and reclaim a healthy life. Our treatment team of oncologists and cancer-fighting experts is committed to the long-term health and well-being of our patients, and we work hard to design treatment plans that fit our patients’ unique needs and lifestyles. We use the latest in cutting-edge radiation therapy and cancer-fighting technology, allowing us to treat a wide variety of cancerous conditions – including bladder cancer.

About the Bladder and Bladder Cancer

The bladder is a small, balloon-shaped organ that sits in the pelvis, just below the abdomen. Part of the excretory system, the bladder is responsible for taking waste products and water that have been pulled from the blood by the kidneys and excreting them in the form of urine. The bladder is a crucial part of the body’s excretory system, helping to flush out harmful toxins and keep the blood healthy and the circular system functioning properly.

While not one of the most publicly prominent forms of cancer, bladder cancer is surprisingly common. It affects nearly 80,000 new patients every year and is the fourth and eighth most common cancer for men and women, respectively. Most cases of bladder cancer are transitional cell carcinoma, with the remaining 10% including adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and small cell carcinoma. Generally, bladder cancer is very treatable, and the five-year survival rate for all forms of bladder cancer is 82%.

Most cases of bladder cancer are classified as “superficial,” which means the cancer only exists in the lining of the bladder. Superficial bladder cancer is the easiest to treat and tends to have very high five-year survival rates (94%). About a quarter of cases grow to be invasive, spreading past the lining of the bladder and being more likely to metastasize to other organs and regions in the body. Invasive bladder cancer is more difficult to treat, and metastasized cancer can cause a number of complications and problems – but no matter what you’re facing, your Phoenix, AZ cancer treatment facility is dedicated to helping you beat it.

Bladder Cancer Statistics

  • For unknown reasons, bladder cancer is twice as common for Caucasian patients as for African American patients, and some four times more common for men than women.
  • 90% of bladder cancer diagnoses occur in patients over age 55.
  • The median age of diagnosis for bladder cancer is 73.
  • Bladder cancer is among the 10 most common forms of cancer for both men and women.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Phoenix, AZ Cancer Treatment Facility

Like all forms of cancer, bladder cancer is a serious condition that should be addressed as quickly as possible – but with early detection and expert care from your Phoenix cancer treatment center, bladder cancer is entirely treatable. At Palo Verde Cancer Specialists, we’re proud to provide expert radiation therapy and cancer treatment services to patients throughout Scottsdale, Payson, Glendale, and the greater Phoenix area. If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with cancer or want to learn more about how we can help you, feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or schedule an appointment at one of our six Phoenix, AZ cancer treatment centers. We’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that makes sense with your lifestyle, helping you beat cancer and reclaim a healthy, happy life.

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