Bladder Cancer

At Palo Verde Cancer Specialists, we believe there is always hope for each patient no matter what the situation or diagnosis. We offer personalized treatment plans and a wide range of state-of-the-art therapeutic options delivered by a dedicated team of board-certified oncology experts. Our mission is to provide the most advanced and compassionate cancer care available to the Phoenix metro area and surrounding communities. That includes bladder cancer treatment plans tailored to fit your unique needs and lifestyle.
 

Some Fast Facts About Bladder Cancer

 
You might be surprised to discover how common bladder cancer is. Around 80,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and five-year survival rates typically reach about 82 percent. It’s the fourth most common cancer in men and the eighth-most common type in women. A few other statistics should help you put things in perspective:

  • Bladder cancer is more times more common in men.
  • White individuals are diagnosed at twice the rate of African-American patients.
  • Around 90 percent of bladder cancer diagnoses occur in people over age 55.
  • The median age for a bladder cancer diagnosis is 73.
  • Bladder cancer is among the top 10 common types in the United States.

 

Understanding Bladder Cancer

 
As you probably know, your bladder is a small balloon-shaped organ located inside your pelvis right below your abdomen. As an important part of your excretory system, it handles the excess water and waste products filtered by your kidneys. By flushing these out as urine, it helps take harmful toxins out of your body.

Many forms of bladder cancer are classified as “superficial,” meaning that it only exists within the lining of the bladder. Superficial cancers are the easiest to treat, resulting in five-year survival rates of around 94 percent. Most cases involve transitional cell carcinoma, affecting cells that help your body store and move urine. Approximately 10 percent of cases involve adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and small cell carcinoma.

About 25 percent of bladder cancers become invasive, spreading beyond the lining and posing a greater threat to metastasize throughout the body. While invasive cases are more difficult to treat, we can create personalized therapeutic plans with a carefully selected group of treatments to achieve your best possible outcomes.
 

Contact Your Bladder Cancer Doctor in Palo Verde

 
While outcomes are generally positive for bladder cancer, you still need to act right away. Early detection and treatment are key to improving your odds. Palo Verde Cancer Specialists offers expertly delivered cancer treatment services with innovative radiation therapies and a compassionate, dedicated team of cancer specialists. With a convenient Saturday clinic and locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Glendale, we provide many ways to meet your treatment and recovery needs. Book an appointment or get your questions answered by completing our online contact form today.

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