What Is Bladder Cancer?

What Is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder Cancer Treatment in Orange County, CA

No matter what your diagnosis, fighting cancer can be one of the most challenging and frightening parts of life – but whatever you’re up against, you’re never alone. At Orange County CyberKnife, we’re proud to provide world-class cancer treatment and care in our state-of-the-art Orange County cancer treatment center. Our team of doctors, oncologists, and cancer care specialists take a personalized, compassionate approach to cancer care, and the CyberKnife treatment we provide uses some of the most advanced cancer-fighting technology in the world. We proudly treat cancers throughout the entire body, and if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, we’re standing by to help.

Transitional Cell Carcinoma & Other Bladder Cancers

The bladder is a critical part of the excretory system. This small, balloon-shaped organ sits in the pelvis, where it collects urine from the kidneys and stores it until urination. The bladder is capable of expanding and contracting to accommodate its contents thanks to its muscular walls. The bladder is one of the most important parts of the body’s system for cleansing and removing waste from the blood.

90% of bladder cancer cases are transitional cell carcinoma, and normally, bladder cancer is easily treatable. Other bladder cancers include squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and small cell carcinoma, which combined make up about 10% of bladder cancer cases.

Three-quarters of bladder cancer cases are only in the lining of the bladder, called superficial bladder cancer. That’s a good thing – superficial bladder cancer cases are easy to treat and have excellent survival rates. Roughly 25% of the time, the cancer is invasive, meaning it has expanded past the lining and infiltrated the muscular walls of the bladder. After crossing this threshold, the cancer is more likely to metastasize (spread) to other areas of the body, making treatment more difficult. As with all forms of cancer, both superficial and invasive bladder cancer are best treated when detected, diagnosed, and treated early on. That said, the team at OC CyberKnife has helped patients overcome bladder cancer at all stages.

Bladder Cancer Statistics

  • While not one of the most well-known forms of cancer, bladder cancer is surprisingly common. The American Cancer Society estimates that roughly 80,000 new cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed each year.
  • Bladder cancer is about twice as common in Caucasians as in African-Americans, and roughly four times more common for men than for women.
  • Bladder cancer is one of the 10 most common cancers for both men and women, coming in at 4th most common for men and 8th most common for women.
  • Non-invasive bladder cancers confined only to the bladder lining have a 94% survival rate at five years after treatment. For bladder cancer as a whole, the five-year survival rate is 82%.
  • 90% of bladder cancer diagnoses happen after the patient turns 55, with the median age of diagnosis being 73.

Contact Your Orange County Cancer Treatment Center

Whether the prognosis is very good or more troubling, a cancer diagnosis is scary – but at OC CyberKnife, we’re here to help. We’re proud to have helped countless patients throughout the Orange County, CA area beat cancer and achieve total health, and we bring state-of-the-art medical technology and practices to every case we treat. If you have any questions on cancer treatment for the bladder or any other condition, feel free to take a look at our FAQ page, or if you have a more specific question, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 714.962.7100. If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with cancer and aren’t sure what treatment to choose, we encourage you to reach out to us at our contact page to schedule an appointment even if you’ve already spoken with a treatment specialist and just want a second opinion. As a premier radiation therapy cancer treatment facility in Orange County, we use some of the most advanced technologies in the world to treat cancer effectively, comfortably, and conveniently. No matter what you’re facing, we’ll help you overcome it. Call us today to take the first step towards reclaiming your health, your happiness, and your life.