Bladder Cancer

Symptoms of bladder cancer
Bladder Cancer Canada: Recognising the Signs

Blood in your urine is the the most common symptom of bladder cancer. It can be obvious when clearly visible to the eye (when your urine is bright red, rusty or pink) but sometimes it can be invisible and can only be found by your doctor by testing a sample of your urine. Blood in your urine is also a symptom of many less serious medical conditions so further tests will be needed to make a diagnosis.
 
Other symptoms of bladder cancer can be any or a number of the following:
  • Urinary infections that don’t respond to antibiotics.
  • Pain when urinating
  • Needing to urinate frequently
  • Tiredness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Incontinence
  • Lower back pain
Very few people will experience all the symptoms. You may only experience one of these symptoms with your particular cancer. If you are in any doubt about your symptoms talk to your doctor.

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Risk factors for bladder cancer
Smoking is the by far the largest preventable cause of bladder cancer, so, if you haven’t given up yet, do it now. Even at this stage, it can massively help your recovery. Other risk factors include certain genetic conditions, urinary infections, kidney and bladder stones, and some chemicals at work. In some cases we can't identify the cause, because not enough is known about the disease.

Different types of bladder cancer
Bladder cancer is commonly separated into slow-growing, non-muscle invasive cancers, fast-growing muscle invasive cancers, and metastatic cancer.


Non-muscle invasive bladder cancer can be called ‘early-stage bladder cancer’ – this is when the cancer is found to be limited to the bladder surface and hasn’t spread elsewhere. Muscle invasive bladder cancer is when the cancer has spread deeper into the bladder itself, or even through the wall of the bladder into adjoining organs. Cancer that has spread to other parts of the body is called metastatic bladder cancer.

Contact your local patient organisation
Australia: Bladder Cancer Australia
Canada: Bladder Cancer Canada
Finland: Syöpäjärjestöt
Germany: BlasenKrebs
Greece: ELL.O.K. (Ελληνική Ομοσπονδία Καρκίνου)
Italy: Pazienti Liberi dalle Neoplasie Uroteliali
Netherlands: Leven met blaas- of nierkanker
Norway: Blærekreftforeningen
Poland: Polska Koalicja Pacjentów Onkologicznych and Let’s Win Health Foundation
Romania: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Spain: Grupo Español de Pacientes con Cáncer
Turkey: Cancer Survivors Organisation
UK: Fight Bladder Cancer and Action Bladder Cancer
USA: Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

 

Support
The European Cancer Patient Coalition’s bladder cancer activities are supported by:
AstraZeneca
Ispen
Roche