A bladder cancer diagnosis can leave you feeling swamped, disheartened, and unsure where to turn next. At Urology Associates of Southeastern North Carolina, the highly trained urologists offer compassionate and personalized medical care and support for bladder cancer in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Southport, North Carolina. If you have concerns about bladder cancer, visit Urology Associates of Southeastern North Carolina for quality care. Call or schedule through the online system.
Your bladder is a hollow muscular organ in your lower abdomen that holds urine. Bladder cancer, one of the most common types of cancer, starts in the urothelial cells that line the inside of your bladder.
Bladder cancer can happen in other areas of your urinary system.
Some of the symptoms of bladder cancer are:
You should visit Urology Associates of Southeastern North Carolina if you have any symptoms or concerns.
You have bladder cancer when some of your bladder cells develop mutations and grow abnormally. The cancerous cells grow out of control instead of dying off as normal cells do.
The exact cause of bladder cancer isn’t clear, but certain factors might play a role, such as:
Different types of bladder cancer include urothelial carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
The right way to treat your bladder cancer depends on the grade, stage, and type of your cancer, your treatment preferences and overall health, and other factors.
After diagnosing your bladder cancer with sufficient testing and imaging methods, such as urine cytology, a biopsy, blood work, and cystoscopy, your urologist creates your individualized treatment plan and might suggest:
Urology Associates of Southeastern North Carolina can perform bladder cancer surgery using the innovative robotic-assisted surgical system, where your provider sits at a nearby console and uses hand controls to gently move advanced robotic surgical instruments. Robotic-assisted surgery allows for enhanced precision and control, smaller incisions, and a smoother and faster recovery.
A radical cystectomy procedure might be used to treat bladder cancer. Your provider removes your entire bladder, surrounding lymph nodes, and part of your ureters. Some radical cystectomies can involve removing certain parts of the reproductive system, such as the prostate in men.
If you’ve been diagnosed with bladder cancer, or if you have concerns or symptoms about your urinary health, you can depend on the empathetic support of Urology Associates of Southeastern North Carolina. Book online or over the phone today.