Bladder cancer accounts for five percent of all new cancers in the U.S., with a tendency to affect men in their lifetime (1 in 26) more than women (1 in 88). The extent to which cancer has spread from its origin at diagnosis will determine the treatment options, such as whether surgery is appropriate. The most common type of bladder cancer is urothelial carcinoma or transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), which starts in the bladder wall’s innermost lining. Urothelial cells can also be found in other urinary tract structures, like the kidney, the ureters that lead into the bladder from the kidneys, or the urethra. Bladder cancer can be found in these areas as well.
To diagnose bladder cancer, a urologist will perform a physical exam and cystoscopy, which is a low-risk procedure, to visualize the inside of the bladder wall. Next, a pathologist will determine how abnormal or aggressive the tumor tissue is by studying it under a microscope if a biopsy of abnormal tissue is taken. Other imaging tests may also be required to visualize the impact on surrounding structures. A final step towards diagnosis is staging the tumor. The stage will be determined by the size of the tumor itself and the degree to which it may have spread from its original location.
AN INTEGRATIVE AND INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH TO BLADDER CANCER TREATMENT.
Our integrative approach to cancer treatment starts with our medical oncologists and naturopathic oncologists. The medical oncologists at Salish Cancer Center work with your urologist to determine the best course of bladder cancer treatment depending on previous tests, imaging, and the stage of your cancer. Chemotherapy may be indicated as a part of your initial treatment before or after surgery, or it may be the primary treatment itself. Recent research advancements have also led to a new targeted drug therapy that stimulates the immune system to fight cancer. Your naturopathic physician will also meet with you to discuss nutrition, dietary factors, and specific supplements you can take to optimize the success of your treatment and quality of life. As a part of our individualized approach to treatment, you may be referred to other integrative care specialists, including one of our acupuncturists or Native Healers, depending on your symptoms and overall health from a mind-body-spirit perspective.
We accept most insurance plans, and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. However, our clinic must receive all pertinent records before your appointments are scheduled so that we may give you our most well-informed recommendations.
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Our caring support staff is available to answer questions and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with bladder cancer, exploring further options, or would like a second opinion, the physician team’s combined expertise at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.