Urology Services

Bladder cancer

Your doctor may have used the term cancer, growth, tumour, wart in the bladder or papilloma.

There are several types of bladder cancer and the treatment and follow-up can be very different.

The bladder is a hollow, balloon-like organ lying in your pelvis, which collects urine from your kidneys via tubes called ureters and stores it until it is full enough to empty through the urethra.

Invasive bladder cancer

Surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy can be used alone or in combination to treat invasive bladder cancer. Treatments include:

  • Cystectomy
  • Replacing the bladder
  • Ileal Conduit or urortom formation
  • Bladder reconstruction
  • Continent pouch
  • Radiotherapy
  • Systematic chemotherapy
  • Transurethral resection of tumout (TURBIT) and partial cystectomy

Superficial bladder cancer

There are several types of bladder cancer:

1. Superficial bladder cancer (tumours growing on the lining of the bladder)
2. Carcinoma–in–situ (CIS)
3. Muscle invasive bladder cancer
4. Metastatic or advanced bladder cancer – cancer that has spread beyond the bladder

Treatments include:

  • Treatment of superficial tumours
  • Intravesical drug treatment
  • Carcinoma in situ (CIS)

For more information about bladder cancer and its treatments, visit the Newcastle Urology website.


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