Advanced Treatments for Faster Healing
Bladder cancer was diagnosed in more than 75,000 people in the U.S. in 2014. Men are about three times more likely than women to be diagnosed with the disease. However, in men or women, it occurs mainly in people over age 55. Early detection improves treatment success, and research continues to improve screening tests. The first warning sign of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. Because this also can be a sign of infection, kidney stones or other kidney disease, it’s best to have it checked promptly by your doctor.
Bladder cancers are classified (staged) by how deeply they invade into the bladder wall, which has several layers. Superficial bladder cancer is limited to the innermost linings of the bladder. Invasive bladder cancer penetrates the muscular layer of the bladder wall.
Types of bladder cancer include:
Transitional cell carcinoma
Originates in cells lining the inside of the bladder and is the most common form of bladder cancer, accounting for 97% of all cases.
Squamous cell carcinoma
This type of bladder cancer begins in thin, flat cells found on the surface of the skin.
Originates in cells that produce and release mucus and other fluids.
Virtua offers individualized treatment plans to treat bladder cancer. Interdisciplinary care teams are staffed by oncology experts, including board-certified, fellowship-trained urologic oncologists. In addition, a team of oncology certified and advanced practice nurses provides expert treatment, education, and support to you and your family.
Surgery is a common treatment option for people who have bladder cancer. The clinical staff at the Penn Medicine Virtua Cancer Program includes surgeons specially trained in pelvic surgery and reconstruction techniques that help to improve surgical outcomes and minimize the potential effects of surgery to this sensitive area of the body. Our program also has outpatient chemotherapy and infusion centers at Virtua Marlton, Virtua Memorial and Virtua Voorhees hospitals.
For more information about Virtua’s bladder cancer services,
call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).