West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled bladder cancer treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgical oncology, and research to provide each patient with most individualized care possible.
A patient with bladder cancer symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- Physical: in most bladder cancer cases, suspicion comes from the patient’s routine physical examination when the doctor checks for growths in the pelvis and the abdomen.
- Urine test: this type of test may be used to detect abnormalities or disease in the urine, such as blood and/or cancer cells.
- Intravenous pyelogram: the blood vessels in the bladder are injected with a dye, which allows the bladder to be seen on an x-ray.
- Cystoscopy: a thin, lighted tube called a cystoscope is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to examine the bladder’s internal lining.
- Imaging: your physician may perform certain imaging tests – such as CT or MRI scans – to determine staging of the cancer.
Your Treatment Plan
Your bladder cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Radical cystectomy: a surgical procedure where the entire bladder is removed, along with some of the urethra, surrounding lymph nodes, and potentially nearby organs or tissue where cancer cells are detected.
- Transurethral resection: a surgical procedure performed for both diagnosing and managing bladder cancer, transurethral resection uses electric currents to remove and destroy cancer cells.
- Radiation therapy: radiation therapy is often used in the treatment of bladder cancer to destroy tumor cells and minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy to treat bladder cancer.
There are several treatment options for Bladder Cancer. Please consult your physician for the most appropriate treatment plan for your cancer.