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Helping to Beat Bladder Cancer

Senior man talking with young female nurseBladder cancer begins when healthy cells in the bladder change and grow out of control, sometimes forming a mass called a tumor. Bladder cancer generally begins in the bladder wall’s lining and becomes harder to treat as it spreads through additional layers of the bladder wall.

When discovered in its early stages, bladder cancer is often treatable. Our multidisciplinary team of oncologists, urologists and other cancer team members collaborate to ensure that you have the best outcome possible.

To speak with our Cancer Care team, call 740-687-6900.

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Causes & Risks

Some factors that make you more likely to have bladder cancer are outside of your control.

  •  Gender – Males are at a higher risk of bladder cancer.
  •  Race – Caucasians are more likely to develop bladder cancer.
  •  Age – Bladder cancer is more common in those over 55.
  •  Ongoing bladder irritation or infections, such as urinary infections, kidney or bladder stones, or extended installation of bladder catheters.
  •  Personal or family history of bladder or urothelial cancer also puts you at risk.

There are things you can do to lower your risk of developing bladder cancer.

  •  Not smoking – smokers are 3 times more likely to have bladder cancer as non-smokers.
  •  Limit exposure to industrial chemicals
  •  Drink plenty of fluids, mainly water, to prevent the build-up of harmful chemicals
  •  Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables
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Symptoms

The signs of early stage bladder cancer are similar to a urinary tract infection (UTI) or other issues. If you experience of these symptoms, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.

Early Stage Symptoms:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Difficulty urinating or a weak urine stream

Advanced Bladder Cancer Symptoms:

  • Inability to urinate
  • Lower back pain on one side
  • Loss of appetite or unintended weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling in the feet
  • Bone pain
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Treatments

Your healthcare provider will conduct tests to confirm your diagnosis and determine whether or not your bladder cancer has spread from where it started. The treatment of bladder cancer depends on the type, stage, and grade of the tumor, as well as your possible side effects, your preferences and your overall health.

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Resources

Fairfield Medical Center and our Cancer Resource Center provide a vast array of support programs, resources and care for our patients with cancer. These programs and resources can help you and your family address issues that you may face as a result of your cancer diagnosis or treatment.


Fairfield Medical Cancer Resource Center

The Fairfield Medical Cancer Resource Center is open to any cancer patient and their support people. Educational classes, support services and retail products are offered to reduce stress and ease recovery and coping processes. The center is staffed Monday through Friday (or by appointment) by an FMC coordinator and volunteers, many of whom are cancer survivors.


Financial Support

There are a variety of financial resources available to those who qualify, including the Fairfield Medical Center Foundation and TWIGS One Cancer Care Fund. Members of your oncology team will work collaboratively with financial aid personnel to determine what individualized assistance is available to you.


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