For both patients and family members, a cancer prognosis can feel like an insurmountable obstacle. But it doesn’t have to be. With information and research on the ins-and-outs of specific cancer types, you can gain a clearer picture of the path ahead and what you need to overcome it. This is your future. Strategy and treatment options are in your hands. The trick is to know your choices.
About Bladder Cancer
The bladder is located within the pelvis, it holds residual liquid waste—urine—as it leaves the kidneys. It’s the muscular contraction of the bladder that enables the urinary tract to function, thus allowing us to use the toilet.
- In 2019 alone, over 81,000 patients have been diagnosed with bladder cancer.
- The typical demographic of bladder cancer skews older since most patients are in the 71-84 age bracket.
Location and Spread
Bladder cancer starts with the formation and spread of abnormal cells that develop into a bladder tumor, congregating around the bladder wall. This limits the movement and functionality of the bladder, often causing a residue of urine and intense pain in the pelvic region. It is a hereditary cancer, so much so that the American Association of Clinical Urologists is equipped with expansive educational tools that to help one recognize the likelihood of the disease in their bloodline.
Kinds of Bladder Cancer
This most common type of bladder cancer, known as urothelia, is formed by a buildup of transitional cells. Urothelia is a kind of carcinoma cancer, meaning that it affects the lining of muscular and organ walls; in this case, it first impacts the bladder and then threatens to spread to both the kidney and the urinary tract. If cancer has spread, it is caused by the multiplication of abnormal and cancerous cells.
- Non-Invasive – Contained in the cells within the inner wall of the bladder.
- Invasive – Abnormal cells that have penetrated deeper within the bladder wall.
- Adenocarcinoma – Effecting 1% of cancer patients, these invasive cancer cells resemble that of colon cancer.
- Squamous cell cancer – This is a buildup of malign neoplasm in the bladder. This manifests differently to cancer cells.
Causes and Risk Factors
Several risk factors can lead to the onset of bladder cancer:
- Smoking and tobacco build up.
- Long-term exposure to chemicals such as intense dyes and bleaches.
- Arsenic in drinking water.
Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging
Signs and Symptoms of Bladder Cancer
The initial symptoms that cancer patients are likely to experience include intense pain with frequent urination and a buildup of blood clots that speckle the urine.
The Different Stages of Bladder Cancer
As the cancer cells spread, the severity of the disease progresses through different stages. Spreading cells are likely to affect localized lymph nodes and penetrate deeper into the bladder wall. As cancer progresses, it will become more difficult for patients to properly control urination. For men, a transurethral resection might be encouraged. This cancer treatment utilizes an electrical loop to cut at excess prostate tissue and enable the flow of urine.
In the early stages of diagnosis, patients are likely to undergo both chemotherapy and radiation therapy in tandem. This combination works to attack the spread of cancer cells, making it a preventative rather than reactionary treatment. While commonplace, chemotherapy drugs are not the only preventative available. Holistic and natural treatments pose an alternative to invasive chemotherapy options.
In cases of bladder cancer, it is common for patients to need to undergo surgery. While daunting, the surgeon proceeds to fully remove all of the cancerous cells in the patient, thereby eliminating the risk of further spreading. Typically, this includes a radical cystectomy where a surgeon fully removes the bladder, prostate or uterus.
Alternative Treatment for Bladder Cancer
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At Immunity Therapy Center, we can provide holistic treatment for bladder cancer catered to your health. Our primary goal is to provide a comprehensive range of alternative treatment options meant to treat all kinds of cancer. Our team is committed to consulting directly with you to develop a treatment plan that is individualized to work with your personal needs and health while providing flexibility and knowledge to adjust and adapt your treatment as your health changes. Dr. Bautista offers one-on-one consultations to truly get to know you as a person and build a working relationship to provide you with the most suitable integrative medicine options.
Those diagnosed with bladder cancer shouldn’t lose their quality of life through chemotherapy drugs, but should take their life back with homeopathic remedies. So, if you have been diagnosed with cancer and would like to learn more or get a custom cancer treatment plan, contact us today.
AACU, Educational Resources, https://aacuweb.org/educational-resources.aspx
Urology Care Foundation, Known Muscular Invasive Cancer, https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/non-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
American Cancer Society, What is Bladder Cancer, https://www.cancer.org/cancer/bladder-cancer/about/what-is-bladder-cancer.html