Cancer is such a friggin' monster. It's radical. You go through the process of ‘what are you going to do...Patti Hansen
image by: Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN)
Bladder cancer gets one of the most exciting awareness ribbons; it’s marigold, blue and purple.
But the disease itself doesn’t get a lot of attention.
“It’s probably more common than you realize,” said Dr. Brent Carlyle, a urologist at Rome Medical Practice and AMP Urology in Rome. “Generally smokers are the ones who get it. About 75 percent of the time, people who get bladder cancer have a smoking history.”
People exposed to chemicals, such as hairdressers or factory workers; people with frequent bladder infections; people who have been treated with radiation for prostate cancer; and people with a Middle Eastern parasitic infection are also at higher risk,…
“Believe it or not, bladder cancer is actually the fourth leading cause of cancer death in men,” said Dr. Ruben Pinkhasov, director of Upstate Urology at the Mohawk Valley Health System. And it is a uniquely tough disease.
The first national advocacy organization dedicated to improving public awareness of bladder cancer and increasing research directed towards the diagnosis, treatment and cure of the disease.
The goal of this bladder cancer specific website is to help you find answers, relieve some of the fear, reinforce hope and to help you or your loved one find the best path on a difficult journey.
Our purpose is to offer support and information and to advocate for the bladder cancer community. We firmly believe that lives can be saved through awareness of bladder cancer’s symptoms.
The treatment for both non-muscle invasive and invasive bladder cancer is becoming more sophisticated daily as we gain knowledge of the behavior of these cancers, identifying new targets for therapy and improving surgical techniques and both chemotherapy and immunotherapy.
A new or recurrent diagnosis of bladder cancer often results in fear and confusion for patients and their family members. Understanding treatment options, accessing new and innovative therapies through clinical trials, as well as understanding the role of supportive care and complementary and alternative medicine are essential.
Understanding Genetic Changes in Bladder Cancer
Bladder cancer is most common in industrialized countries. It is the fifth most common type of cancer in the United States''the fourth most common in men and the ninth in women.
Bladder cancer information centre.
The best way to prevent bladder cancer is to avoid exposure to agents that cause the disease. People who don't smoke are three to four times less likely to get bladder cancer as compared to smokers. Continuing to smoke after the diagnosis of bladder cancer portends a poorer outcome and increases the chance of the disease coming back after treatment. Avoidance of occupational exposure to cancer-causing chemicals such as aniline dyes may also be important.
Information about treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and vaccine therapy.
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