Bladder Cancer

There’s a tendency to associate urology with men and gynecology with women, but that’s a common misconception.

Blood in the urine can signify a number of health problems. While most of these are minor concerns, it’s important to get a definitive diagnosis quickly.

“I tell people that when they look up and see that Roswell Park building at Elm and Carlton streets in Buffalo, to think about the people inside looking out. They are all seeking hope that cancer can be defeated."
"I am so grateful to have had my husband Ken, Therese, the amazing Roswell Park team, and the cystectomy support group by my side through all of this.”
While a urinary tract infection (UTI) and bladder cancer can produce similar symptoms, Dr. Flores says, having frequent UTIs doesn’t mean you have bladder cancer.
If you’ve been told that you have a mass in your bladder, you need to have it evaluated by experts uniquely qualified to determine whether or not it is cancer.
A neobladder helps many patients maintain a high quality of life by replacing the bladder with something that is very close to the real thing.

Many types of cancer are best treated using a combination of therapies, which may include surgery, cancer drugs and chemotherapy, radiation therapy and other approaches. Receiving each one at the right time and in the right sequence can have a great impact on the treatment plan’s success.

From questions about what causes bladder cancer ("Why Is This Happening to Me?") to practical tips for recovering after surgery, a book created by Roswell Park experts covers all the bases for patients and their caregivers.

June is Men’s Health Month, a time when we focus on increasing awareness of preventable health problems to encourage men to take more active roles in preventing disease and detecting and treating problems early.

The presence of blood in the urine, also called hematuria, is present in 80-90% of patients at the time of diagnosis. “Some people figure it’s caused by an infection or kidney stone and don’t take care of the problem,” says Dr. Guru.

Here at Roswell Park, we have recently been working to identify any genetic abnormalities in bladder cancer that could be targeted with new and better treatments.