There is hope, innovation and support available for those with bladder cancer here at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Bladder cancer is the 4th most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and 9th in women.
Unlike other urologic cancers, there isn't a screening or evaluation to help detect bladder cancer early. Most patients with bladder cancer present with microscopic or obvious blood in their urine, urinary frequency/urgency, bladder pain, or fatigue/weight loss that can mimic urinary tract infections, enlargement of the prostate in men, or common lower urinary tract symptoms in women. Often patients are treated for these more common problems first, leading to a delay in diagnosis, so the cancer gets identified at a more advanced stage. Blood in the urine is never normal and if it persists after a short interval of treating more common diseases, then further evaluation with imaging, cystoscopy (telescopic inspection of the bladder), and urine tests looking for abnormal cells should be performed.
At the University of Michigan Urologic Oncology Clinic we see more bladder cancer patients than any other health system in Michigan and perform more surgeries than anyone in the state
Our team of bladder cancer subspecialists is made up of urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, molecular pathologists, nurse practitioners, nurses (including those specializing in ostomy care), registered dieticians and physical therapists. Together, our focus is on your care before, during and after treatment to offer individualized care in order to help you return to normal activity sooner.
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