Bladder cancer is the 4th most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and the 9th in women. At the University of Michigan Multidisciplinary Urologic Oncology Clinic you will be seen by nationally recognized experts – urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists – as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants who specialize in the treatment of bladder cancer. Learn more about our team approach to treating bladder cancer.
Bladder Cancer Symptoms
Bladder cancer is most frequently discovered after patients have visible blood in their urine or are found to have microscopic blood in their urine by their doctor. Other symptoms of bladder cancer include frequent or urgent urination, burning with urination, abdominal pain, fatigue or unintended weight loss. When patients have these symptoms, the presence of a bladder cancer is then determined when a urologist passes a tiny scope (cystoscopy) into the patient’s bladder to visually inspect the bladder, often in the urologist’s office. A biopsy is taken and then a pathologist examines the cell sample to confirm diagnosis. The urologic oncology clinic team meets weekly to go over x-ray images, pathology reports and patient history to determine the best treatment option for you.
Treatment for Bladder Cancer:
- Repeat bladder scraping to assure that all of the cancer in the bladder is removed
- Injecting chemotherapy into the bladder to help prevent bladder cancer recurrence
- Surgically removing the bladder – including by robotic surgery
- Delivering intravenous chemotherapy
- Radiation therapy
Our bladder cancer specialists are committed to the best possible treatment for our patients. As part of this, they participate in several local and national bladder cancer research trials. Together with our laboratory scientists, we are making the most recent bladder cancer treatments available to our patients. Our specialists work side by side in the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, so that patients can see every bladder cancer expert they need in a single visit. With this, you have access to specially-trained cancer care coordinators who can help arrange all of your doctor visits, x-rays, and blood draws and obtain all of your important medical records before you arrive. Our coordinators work to expedite care and help make any travel or housing arrangements for patients traveling from far distances.