Bladder Cancer

Each year over 10,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with bladder cancer and is the fifth most common cancer. It is more common in men and rarely seen in patients under 40. The most common cause is smoking. It takes many years for the chemicals from cigarettes to cause bladder cancer. Exposure to certain chemicals used in dye factories and in industries working with rubber, textiles, paints and printing were linked to bladder cancer in the 1950s and 60s and have since been banned. However, it can take more than 25 years for the bladder cancer to develop. If you think you may have experienced this type of exposure, let your doctor know. Repeated (chronic) urinary infections and untreated bladder stones have also been linked with a less common type of bladder cancer called squamous cell cancer. Most bladder cancers develop in the lining of the bladder and can be managed successfully with minor surgery via the water-pipe (urethra). Following this kind of treatment the bladder will need regular inspections to check whether the cancer has returned. If the cancer has grown into the muscle of the bladder, this is more serious and will require removal of the bladder or chemotherapy and in some circumstances both treatments at once.


Bladder Cancer TreatmentBladder cancer can affect men more frequently, and older adults. It is also one of the handful of cancer symptoms that can be detected early, due to there being blood in the urine.

The bladder is an elastic, hollow organ that stores your urine. It is excreted through the kidneys by the means of urine. It is also second after prostate cancer from urologic cancers. Bladder cancer can spread to other organs, nearby and must be surgically removed. There are seven types of bladder cancer that can be diagnosed early, and it is a highly treatable condition.

Dr. Shawket Alkhayal encourages patients visiting the clinic to undergo relevant screening such as having a PET scan for an accurate diagnosis. The diagnosis will help us determine which course of treatment we should follow and choose the most suitable medical option. Patients are also advised to do follow-up tests even years after the treatment has been deemed successful. Since this condition is often detected in its early stage, we believe that the success rate for treating bladder cancer is quite high. Most often, patients who receive treatment for bladder cancer can resume their normal life.

The Alkhayal Medical Center provides help and knowledge on bladder cancer diagnosis and treatment. We focus primarily on providing the best patient care, ensuring deep compassion, comfort and convenience for the patient. We encourage our patients to ask us any questions related to the condition, including side effects and recovery.

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