When diagnosed and treated in the early stages, bladder cancer usually is highly treatable.
Our team of medical, surgical and radiation oncologists target bladder cancer using cutting-edge technology and techniques.
Our Cancer Patient Support Center team goes beyond treating the disease; they support bladder cancer patients and their family members with compassionate services and programs that foster healing.
Expert Bladder Cancer Care
Miami Cancer Institute's chief of Urologic Oncologic Surgery, Murugesan Manoharan, M.D., is one of the most experienced physicians in the nation in bladder cancer procedures. He specializes in robotic, laparoscopic and complex open cancer surgery procedures and was the first urologist in the U.S. to perform robotic bladder surgery and reconstruction using an atypical surgical incision type. This skill and experience can greatly improve your chances for successful treatment and recovery.
About Bladder Cancer
The bladder is located in the lower abdomen. It collects and stores urine from the kidneys. The most common bladder cancer type is transitional cell carcinoma, which begins in the innermost layer of the bladder, called the urothelium. Other cancer types include squamous cell carcinoma, which begins in the flat, thin cells lining the bladder, and adenocarcinoma, which begins in the cells that make and relieve mucus and other fluids.
Bladder Cancer Risk Factors
Men, Caucasians and smokers have twice the risk of bladder cancer as the general population. Approximately 90 percent of people who develop bladder cancer are over age 55. Other risk factors include:
- Personal history of chronic urinary tract infections, bladder infections, kidney or bladder stones.
- Exposure to certain chemotherapy drugs or radiation treatments.
- Exposure to certain chemicals.
- Use of urinary catheters for a prolonged time.
- Having a kidney transplant.
- Certain genetic conditions, including hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC), also known as Lynch syndrome.
Symptoms of Bladder Cancer
Common bladder cancer symptoms may include:
- Blood in the urine
- Change in bladder habits
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Lower back pain