According to the American Cancer Society, “Last year more than 16,390 deaths occurred due to cancer in the bladder”. Furthermore, 76, 960 new bladder cancers were found in the latest research.
Bladder cancer is common among aged people. The average diagnosis age is 73. Men have more chance of attracting cancer in the bladder then women. Three out of four men become the victim of bladder cancer than women. After diagnosing, patients may live up to five years and it may vary depending on their tumor stage.
Symptoms: Earlier Stage
Blood color variation is the first sign of cancer in the bladder. Urine comes with the color range from dark red, orange, and pink. Sometimes blood clots come with clean urine.
Also, be aware that blood might occur due to various reasons such as kidney stones, germ infection, and bladder issues. Blood will reappear in urine if the person has bladder cancer. Other early signs are burning sensation while urinating, feeble urine system, and incontinence.
Symptoms: Advanced stage
Advanced stage symptoms of bladder cancer are weight loss, feeling tired, loss of hunger, unable to urinate, swelling feet, and back pain.
Bladder cancer patient is advised to take PSA level screening. If the doctor finds elevated PSA level, then there is a chance of developing prostate cancer. If a patient is diagnosed with prostate cancer, then they have to take additional prostate cancer treatment.
A recent study shows that a bladder cancer patient has high percentage (6.6%) of getting prostate cancer than the general population.
PSA is a protein antigen and produced in the prostate gland. Doctors suggest prostate biopsy if the person has PSA level higher than 4.0 ng/mL. PSA test becomes mandatory for people above 40 years due to their lifestyle and diet. High PSA level is an indication of getting prostate cancer.
If the person has elevated PSA level of 10.0 ng/ml or more, then the risk of finding prostate cancer could be over 50 percent.
General treatment includes chemotherapy, bone treatment, surgery, radiation treatment, vaccine therapy, and active monitoring. Surgery is the final option when the non-invasive methods do not give the desired results.
Surgery can create lots of stress in the patient after the treatment. However, it can be solved by using less invasive robotics in surgery which is a new phenomenon in the modern era. Robots are an efficient way of treating prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and cancer of the kidney.
The author of this article is a cancer specialist. He has helped many patients understand about the cancer in the bladder and ensured they took the right decision with regards to their health. Find out more about the disease and treatment options right here.