Bladder Cancer Specialist

Midtown Urology Associates

Urologists located in Austin, TX

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 80,000 adults received a diagnosis of bladder cancer last year, and almost 17,000 people died from the disease. Bladder cancer is a severe health issue, and early detection can make all the difference in treating it effectively. At Midtown Urology Associates, a team of highly trained professionals helps men and women in Austin, Texas with comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in the fight against bladder cancer. To schedule a screening, call or use the fast and simple online tool.

Bladder Cancer Q & A

Midtown Urology Associates

What are the types of bladder cancer?

Your bladder is made of several layers, each comprised of different types of cells. Bladder cancer usually begins in the innermost layer and is classified based on how far it has advanced into your bladder.

Non-invasive

These types of bladder cancer only affect the inner layer of cells in the bladder wall.

Invasive

These types of bladder cancer have invaded deeper into the layers of the bladder wall. Invasive cancer is harder to treat and more likely to spread than non-invasive cancers.

Bladder cancer is also categorized based on how the cancer cells develop.

Papillary carcinomas

These cancer cells grow from the walls of the bladder into the hollow center. They resemble long, finger-like growths.

Flat carcinomas

These cancer cells don’t extend into the bladder cavity but remain flat against the tissues of the bladder wall.

Left untreated, bladder cancer can spread to other areas of your body, including your lymph nodes, lungs, bones, or liver.

What are the causes of bladder cancer?

Science hasn’t found the exact cause of bladder cancer, but researchers have determined that specific factors increase your risk of developing the disease. While some of those factors are in your control, others are not.

Your genetic makeup likely plays a role in developing bladder cancer. Specific inherited gene mutations can limit your body’s ability to fight off the development of cancer.

Acquired gene mutations are more common than inherited ones, however. These are genetic changes that occur during your lifetime. Examples include exposure to radiation or to chemicals that are known to cause cancer. 

Smoking is a significant and well-documented risk factor for bladder cancer.

What are the treatment options for bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is often a curable disease. If you receive a bladder cancer diagnosis, your doctor at Midtown Urology Associates works to determine the stage of your cancer. The level of advancement is key to finding the best possible treatment options.

Deciding on a treatment path is a complex process, and requires collaboration with your treatment team at Midtown Urology Associates. Here are some common treatment options for bladder cancer:

  • Surgery
  • Intravesical therapy
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy

You will have a thorough discussion with your physician regarding the stage and treatment options for bladder cancer.  The physicians at Midtown Urology endeavor to completely diagnose your disease and help you understand the possibilities and risks.

Schedule an appointment over the phone or online with Midtown Urology Associates for cancer screening or customized treatment plans.