Bladder Cancer Specialist

Urology Specialty Care of Miami -  - Urologist

Urology Specialty Care of Miami

Urologists located in Miami, FL

Bladder cancer affects more than 68,000 adults in the United States, and when it’s diagnosed at an early stage, this type of cancer is very treatable. At Urology Specialty Care of Miami, the medical team has some of the leading experts in diagnosing and treating bladder cancer. They offer the latest in treatment options, including management services and surgery. To learn more about the expertise of Miami's skilled urologists, book an appointment online or by phone.

Bladder Cancer Q & A

Urology Specialty Care of Miami

What is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer is a common type of cancer that affects both men and women, although it occurs more frequently in men. The condition can affect people of any age but is more common in older adults.

There are three main types of bladder cancer:

  • Urothelial carcinoma, which occurs in cells that line the inside of the bladder and is the most common type of bladder cancer
  • Squamous cell carcinoma, which comes from chronic irritation of the bladder, such as with chronic infections or use of a catheter for extended periods of time
  • Adenocarcinoma, which starts in the cells of the glands that secrete mucus in the bladder and rarely occurs in the United States

What Causes Bladder Cancer?

Typically, cancer cells develop in the urothelial cells of your bladder. Cancerous cells can be the result of:

  • Tobacco use
  • Family history
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Radiation exposure
  • Chronic inflammation of the bladder lining

Bladder cancer occurs most often in people over the age of 40.

How is Bladder Cancer Diagnosed?

The experienced physicians at Urology Specialty Care of Miami use the latest diagnostic tools to detect cancer of the bladder. Your doctor may suggest one or more of the following tests:

  • Urine tests
  • Cystoscopy
  • Biopsy
  • Imaging tests

During a cystoscopy, your doctor inserts a small, narrow tube through your urethra. This tube contains a lens that allows your doctor to examine your bladder and urethra closely. If there are any abnormalities in the test, you may need to undergo a biopsy, where your doctor removes a sample of bladder cells for additional testing.

Bladder cancer is additionally classed based on these cells’ appearance under a microscope. The two classes include:

  • Low-Grade Bladder Tumor: The cells in a low-grade bladder tumor are similar to normal cells in their appearance and organization. They grow slowly, and they are less likely to spread to the wall of the bladder.
  • High-Grade Bladder Tumor: The cells in a high-grade bladder tumor, on the other hand, appear abnormal and often grow more aggressively. They also spread more easily to the bladder wall than the low-grade variety.

Your doctor can determine which class of cancer you have after a biopsy.

What Treatment Options are Available for Bladder Cancer?

Your doctor customizes a treatment plan based on your test results. Treatments may include:

  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Bladder reconstruction

To learn more about bladder cancer treatments, schedule a consultation online or by phone.