Bladder Cancer: Symptoms & Treatment


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Bladder Cancer

Our Approach to Treatment

Houston Methodist’s specialists are among the nation’s leaders in treating genitourinary tract cancers, including those that affect the bladder, kidney, prostate, ureters and urethra. We are committed to ensuring each patient receives expert care in a compassionate, collaborative and innovative environment — care we would provide our families.


Our doctors, nurses and staff use minimally invasive procedures, as well as enhanced-recovery techniques, to reduce pain, speed recovery and maintain quality of life. Experts, including medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, routinely consult to strive to provide each patient with exceptional and personalized care.


Additionally, our dedication to quality patient care attracts the world’s leading doctors, surgeons and researchers to Houston Methodist.


Bladder Cancer Symptoms

  • Blood in urine
  • Bladder habit changes
  • Painful urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Urge to urinate

Bladder Cancer Diagnostics

  • Blood and urine tests
  • Cystoscopy – a thin tube with a camera on the end (cystoscope) is inserted into the bladder through the urethra. It can take tissue for biopsy and treat some tumors without surgery
    • Blue-light cystoscopy – similar to standard cystoscopy, but uses a special dye and a blue light to aid in biopsy and removal of bladder tumors that can’t be seen with the naked eye. This provides better bladder cancer staging and treatment, and potentially decreases the recurrence rate of the cancer.
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • PET scan

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