At Orange County CyberKnife, our mission is to combine some of the most technologically advanced cancer treatment systems in the world with radiation oncologists, cancer treatment experts, and doctors at the top of their field. We are a comprehensive cancer treatment center serving the Orange County area, offering a variety of treatment solutions for bladder cancer or and many other types of cancer. No matter what you’re facing, OC CyberKnife is here to help – but it all starts with understanding the condition you’re fighting.
Bladder cancer is a blanket term that actually refers to a number of different types of cancer, each affecting different cells and regions of the bladder. Bladder cancers are classified as follows:
By a large margin, Urothelial carcinoma, or transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), is the most common form of bladder cancer. TCC starts in the urothelial cells lining the inside of the bladder, and it accounts for almost all cases of bladder cancer.
Urothelial cells are not exclusive to the bladder, lining various other parts of the urinary tract like the urethra, the ureters, and the renal pelvis, which is the part of the kidney connecting to the ureter. For this reason, any patient diagnosed with bladder cancer needs to have their entire urinary tract checked for tumors, as they often can occur simultaneously in different areas.
In addition to the type of cell in which the cancer forms, bladder cancer is also classified based on how invasive it is – that is, how far the cancer has spread into the wall of the bladder. This classification system goes as follows:
Bladder cancer is further classified into two subtypes called papillary and flat. This classification is based on how the tumor grows:
Even for the more serious forms of bladder cancer, there’s always hope. Revolutionary cancer treatments like the CyberKnife System can present non-invasive, non-surgical treatment options, helping more patients than ever overcome cancer and reclaim whole body health. If you’re interested in learning more about CyberKnife treatment, finding out if it may be right for you, or even getting a second opinion on your bladder cancer treatment recommendation, the radiation oncologists at OC CyberKnife would be thrilled to help. Call us today at 714.962.7100 or reach out to us at our contact page to schedule your consultation. When it comes to your cancer care, you deserve the absolute best – and that’s what OC CyberKnife is committed to providing.