Bladder Cancer News

When cancer infects the bladder, a buildup of old or damaged cells clumps together to form a tumor. In about 90 percent of bladder cancer cases, this occurs in the urothelium, or the inner lining of the bladder. These tumors can be benign, meaning they remain fairly harmless, or malignant, meaning they become cancerous, can spread and cause great risks to health. You may not experience any symptoms at first, but bladder cancer eventually leads to blood in the urine as well as painful and frequent urination. Over time, the tumors can break up and spread to other parts of the body.

Causes

Doctors aren’t exactly sure what causes bladder cancer, but things like smoking, exposure to toxic chemicals and a family history of bladder cancer can increase your risk. You also have a greater chance of developing bladder cancer if you have had it previously. Some people, however, exhibit none of these risk factors and still develop bladder cancer.

Treatment of Bladder Cancer

Though the incidence of bladder cancer is increasing, treatments are improving and survival rates are also increasing.

Treatment options for bladder cancer include surgery, biological therapy, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The specific treatment a particular person may need will vary widely, based on criteria such as how far advanced the cancer is, the nature of the cancer and other factors. Surgery is often used to remove the tumor or tumors from the bladder, and the other forms of therapy help to kill off any remaining cancerous cells and prevent the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.

SOURCES: Urology Care Foundation; U.S. National Cancer Institute

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11/21/2017
10/23/2017
Tighter Rules on Arsenic in Water Saved Lives: Study

EPA moves likely cut cases of lung and bladder cancer

6/15/2017
'Couch Potatoes' May Face Higher Risk of Kidney, Bladder Cancers

Researchers say get moving, and point to national exercise guidelines

5/15/2017
E-Cigarettes Linked to Bladder Cancer Risk

'Vaping' could lead to cancerous changes in cells that form the bladder lining, research indicates

11/8/2016
Low Vitamin D Levels May Raise Bladder Cancer Risk: Study

Researchers say finding might lead to cheap and safe way to prevent the disease

7/7/2016
6/6/2016
Immune-Based Drug May Help Some With Advanced Bladder Cancer

About a quarter of older patients deemed too frail for chemo responded to Tecentriq, study found

5/19/2016
FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Bladder Cancer

Tecentriq boosted survival in small trial

5/2/2016
Well Water a Suspected Cause of Bladder Cancer in New England

Researchers believe arsenic exposure might contribute to higher-than-normal rates

3/31/2016
More Evidence Diabetes Drug Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk a Bit

But odds are small, and experts want it to remain on market, although newer drugs are available

3/10/2016
Agent Orange Linked to Bladder Cancer, Thyroid Problems, Panel Says

Herbicide was used during Vietnam War, and vets with Parkinson's-like symptoms can file claim for the condition

3/3/2016
Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer May Carry Certain Risks

Chances of secondary cancers increased, but study authors stressed the overall risk was low

10/8/2015
Risk of Bladder Cancer Rising for Workers in Many Industries

Odds for the disease are also climbing faster among women than men, research shows

7/13/2015
Young Adult Cancer Survivors More Likely to Be Hospitalized

Study finds rate is twice as high for some cancers

6/15/2015
Smoking Blamed for Half of Deaths From Major Cancers in People Over 35

Eighty percent of lung cancer deaths linked to smoking, researchers say

5/17/2015
Smoking Ups Risk of Complications From Urologic Cancers: Study

Although former smokers also have higher odds of trouble, quitting does help

8/6/2014
One in 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smoke Years Later, Study Finds

Experts say finding shows how hard it is to quit, and that doctors need to make better effort to help

5/21/2014
Exercise Linked to Improved Bladder Cancer Survival

But smoking and a delayed diagnosis might boost the risk of dying from the disease, researchers warn

5/10/2013
Study Claims Marijuana Tied to Lower Bladder Cancer Risk

But experts question the study's design and are skeptical of the conclusion

1/14/2013
Heavy Smoking May Raise Odds for Lethal Bladder Cancer

Study author called for individualized treatment based on this and other risk factors

10/18/2012
Depression, DNA Linked to Higher Death Risk in Bladder Cancer Patients

However, study did not prove a cause-and-effect link

9/27/2012
Genes May Influence Impotence After Prostate Radiation

Preliminary research suggests genetic analysis might help men assess their risk

7/3/2012
Another Study Links Diabetes Drug Actos to Bladder Cancer

Individual risk still remains low, however

6/1/2012
Diabetes Drug Actos May Increase Bladder Cancer Odds

But the absolute risk of getting the cancer is small, researchers find

4/18/2012
Chemo + Radiation Best for Bladder Cancer, Study Finds

Adding fluorouracil, mitomycin C led to significantly better survival rates

2/15/2012
New Blood Thinner May Prevent Blood Clots During Cancer Treatment

Semuloparin reduced risk by 64 percent during chemotherapy, study found

10/25/2011
Drinking More Fluids Could Lower Men's Bladder Cancer Risk

The association was not as strong in older males who typically drank less water, study finds

8/16/2011
Bladder Cancer Risk Even Higher for Smokers Than Thought

Increase may be due to change in composition of cigarette smoke, researchers suggest

7/12/2011
More U.S. Men Die From Cancer Than Women: Study

But disparity mirrors differences in incidence, not ability to fight disease, researchers say

7/12/2011
Bladder Cancer Patients Not Getting Recommended Care: Study

Complex guidelines rarely followed in full for high-grade tumors, researchers find

6/16/2011
Diabetes Drug Actos May Raise Risk for Bladder Cancer: FDA

The other drug in this class, Avandia, is already off U.S. market due to heart risks

5/16/2011
Heavy Smoking Tied to Advanced Kidney Cancer

Another study finds bladder cancer rates haven't dropped even though fewer people smoke

12/22/2010
Cancer Cells May Be Able to Urge Their Own Death

Study suggests that harnessing this trait could improve treatments

9/15/2010
Radiation Exposure Raises Likelihood of Second Cancer

Japanese who developed a cancer after atomic bomb blast at high risk of developing another, study finds

8/2/2010
Meat Compounds May Boost Bladder Cancer Risk

People with highest levels of dietary nitrite had nearly a 30 percent increase in risk, study shows

7/20/2010
Study Suggests Painters Face Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer

More years spent in profession meant higher chances of developing disease

6/1/2010
Vitamins Fail to Protect Men Against Bladder Cancer

Little is known about anticancer benefits of supplements, researchers caution

4/20/2010
Meat Lovers Face Greater Risk of Bladder Cancer

Red meat, pork and bacon, when cooked at high temperatures, are worst offenders, study shows

3/4/2010
New Drugs, Approaches Offer Hope Against Prostate Cancer

Experimental medicine shows promise, new test might cut unnecessary biopsies, researchers say

2/9/2010
Medicare Cost-Saving Moves Can Backfire

Upping payments for bladder biopsies done in doctor's office boosted overall spending, study found

12/22/2009
Ingredient in Botanicals Tied to Urinary Cancer

People who used affected Chinese products should be monitored, study suggests

6/9/2009
Cancer Diagnosis May Tax Physical, Mental Health

Treatment, too, affects quality of life, studies show

4/27/2009
Well Water Might Raise Bladder Cancer Risk

Study cites sun and smoke as other factors linked to the disease

4/22/2009
Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets

Key alterations hold clues to blood, bladder and ovarian malignancies, researchers say

4/8/2009
Common Industrial Chemicals May Not Boost Cancer Risk

Use of PFOA, PFOS as additives is already being phased out, experts note

4/7/2009
Intensive Early Treatment Doesn't Help Bladder Cancer Survival

High-intensity early treatment may lead to more interventions in future, study finds

3/9/2009
Technique Might Prevent Some Bladder Removals

Method helps doctors better distinguish cancer types, researcher says

2/25/2009
Tests Might Diagnose, Predict Prostate Cancer

One measures genes in urine, another combines PSA and other risk factors

12/8/2008
Mineral May Reduce High-Risk Bladder Disease

Study says selenium, particularly for women and those with p53 gene mutation, may help

11/25/2008
U.S. Cancer Rate-Death Rate Combo Drops for 1st Time

But smoking-related cancers continue to rise in some regions of country, report finds