Bladder Cancer Treatment in Charleston, SC
The physicians at Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC have extensive experience diagnosing and treating bladder cancer. Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions about bladder cancer.
How do you diagnose bladder cancer?
We can often detect bladder cancer by evaluating blood in your urine, or hematuria. If you notice blood in your urine, or we detect blood under the microscopic analysis, or you have recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), we will evaluate it further. We will run additional pathological tests on your urine sample and examine the interior of your bladder with a small telescope. We call this process cystoscopy.
There are different types of bladder cancer. Sometimes we see them easily in the interior of your bladder. Others are harder to detect, and must be found using microscopic visualization of tumor cells in your urine. Sometimes they appear as an abnormal finding on an imaging study of your upper urinary tract (using CT, MRI or ultrasound.)
If I am diagnosed with bladder cancer, what can be done?
If we detect bladder cancer, we must determine how serious it is. First, we perform a biopsy. We remove a piece of the bladder or upper lining of the urinary tract to determine how deep the cancer has gone. If the tumor has only affected the most superficial layers of your urinary tract lining, then we may be able to remove it with a special telescope from inside the urinary tract. If the tumor involves deeper layers of tissue, then a more aggressive removal of the involved organ may be necessary.
Your Lowcountry Urology Clinics physician can diagnose your condition and help you to make the best treatment decision. Our physicians offer the most up-to-date treatment technologies in the removal and cure of bladder cancer.
How can I reduce my risk of developing bladder cancer?
Research has linked cigarette smoking to the development of bladder cancer throughout the urinary tract. The byproducts of metabolized cigarette smoke make their way into your urine, irritate the lining of your urinary tract and ultimately cause cancerous changes. Smokers are at much higher risk of developing bladder cancer than nonsmokers. If you are a smoker, ask your doctor to make recommendations to help you quit.
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The physicians at Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC have the tools, knowledge and experience to treat your bladder cancer. Early detection and swift action is key, so contact us right away!