When it comes to bladder cancer, symptoms are often similar to that of a urinary tract infection. Hematuria (blood in the urine) is often the first sign of bladder cancer, and you should contact your doctor as soon as possible if you notice that your urine is darker than usual, pink or red. Bladder cancer occurs when cancer cells form in the tissues of the bladder, and it usually originates in the bladder lining. Almost 90 percent of people diagnosed with bladder cancer are over the age of 55, but anyone can develop the disease. That’s why it’s important to always let your doctor know if symptoms develop, even if you assume blood in your urine is just a UTI.
Common symptoms of bladder cancer include:
- Blood in the urine
- Frequent urination
- Pain or burning while urinating
- Trouble urinating
- Urge to urinate even when your bladder isn’t full
- Weak urine stream
Symptoms of more advanced bladder cancer include the inability to urinate, loss of appetite, bone pain, swelling in the feet and pain in your lower back.
If bladder cancer is suspected, your doctor will conduct a physical exam, test your urine, order necessary radiological imaging and perform a cystoscopy. Many symptoms of bladder cancer can also be caused by something less serious, but it’s important to schedule an appointment with your healthcare professional right away to get to the root of the problem. Once bladder cancer has been diagnosed, there are a variety of treatment options available depending on the stage and grade of your cancer.
Treatment options for bladder cancer include:
- Transurethral resection
- Intravesical therapy
You and your doctor will be able to discuss your options in detail and decide on the one that’s best for you.
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