Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer Specialist
Bladder cancer is a common but highly survivable form of cancer — as long as it's found early. Older patients need regular bladder cancer screenings and evaluations to catch the condition in the early stages, a service experienced urologist Ms. Borohov and her team provides. Whether you're interested in screening or are currently experiencing some concerning symptoms, schedule an appointment online right away.

Bladder Cancer Q & A

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What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?

Blood in the urine (hematuria) is usually the first sign of bladder cancer. While some patients with early-stage bladder cancer pass enough blood to cause visible discoloration, most cases go unnoticed. Instead, routine urinalysis is necessary to screen for and detect small amounts of trace blood. Changes in bladder habits, such as needing to urinate more often, are another common early symptom. People with bladder may also experience discomfort or difficulty urinating.

More advanced bladder cancer symptoms include:

  • Losing the ability to urinate
  • Unintended weight loss and reduced appetite
  • Pain in the bones or lower back pain on one side
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Swollen feet

If you or a loved one is experiencing one or more symptoms of early-stage bladder cancer, keep in mind that these symptoms are more likely to have other causes, such as kidney stones or infections. Likewise, while many advanced bladder cancer symptoms require urgent medical attention, they are still unlikely to be bladder cancer. Regardless, it's important to see an experienced urologist for a thorough evaluation.

Why is early treatment important for bladder cancer?

Early detection is important for all forms of cancer: It's much easier for urologists like Ms. Borohov to remove a small, localized cancer than one that has grown into other tissues and metastasized to distant parts of the body. Regular screening is even more important for bladder cancer, since its early stages have few noticeable symptoms.

Are in-office diagnostics and treatments available?

Ms. Borohov is likely to perform a number of in-office imaging and diagnostic techniques when evaluating you for possible bladder cancer. If you do have bladder cancer, patients at New York Medicine Doctors also have minimally invasive options for in-office care. Intravesical therapy — where Ms. Borohov delivers cancer drugs directly to the bladder — is one of the most frequently used early-stage bladder cancer treatments available. Unlike most other forms of chemotherapy, these drugs remain localized to the bladder and have little effect on surrounding healthy tissue. Consequently, you are less likely to experience the severe side effects associated with systemic chemotherapy.

However, because effective bladder cancer treatment almost always includes complex surgery, patients undergoing diagnosis and treatment with Ms. Borohov can expect some inpatient hospital stay.

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