Bladder Cancer Specialists

Greater Hartford Urology Group

Urologists located in Hartford, Glastonbury & Enfield, CT

Bladder cancer is a serious and potentially fatal condition that affects nearly 80,000 new patients every year in the United States. Greater Hartford Urology Group provides high-quality services to diagnose and treat bladder cancer. To learn more, schedule a consultation at their modern offices in Hartford, Enfield, and Glastonbury, Connecticut, today. Booking your visit is easy: simply call the office or use the online tool.

Bladder Cancer Q & A

What is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the tissues that line the inside of your bladder. It can also develop in other parts of your urinary tract. It is one of the most common types of cancer, and it’s very treatable if diagnosed in its earlier stages.

What are the causes and risk factors for bladder cancer?

The exact cause of bladder cancer is not always clear and varies from person to person, but some factors that put you at a higher risk for developing the condition include:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Being older, white, and male
  • Exposure to certain chemicals, like arsenic
  • Low fluid consumption
  • High-fat diet
  • Chronic bladder infections or inflammation
  • Previous cancer treatment with cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan®)

Like all cancers, bladder cancer happens when your cells develop a mutation and continue to grow and multiply, forming a tumor.

What are the signs of bladder cancer?

Some of the signs that you might have bladder cancer include: 

  • Blood in your urine (hematuria)
  • Pain or difficulty while urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden urge to urinate
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pain in your abdomen or lower back

Symptoms of bladder cancer vary and can often be mistaken for other conditions. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the team at Greater Hartford Urology Group.

How do you diagnose bladder cancer?

There are many ways your provider can diagnose bladder cancer, including:

  • Urinalysis
  • Internal exam to feel for cancerous growths or lumps
  • Cystoscopy (inserting a small camera through your urethra and into your bladder)
  • Biopsy of your urethra tissue
  • Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)

Your provider might also order imaging tests, such as a CT scan or X-rays of your bladder and urinary tract.

How do you treat bladder cancer?

There are several treatment methods to eliminate bladder cancer. The team at Greater Hartford Urology Group works with you to devise a treatment plan for your unique preferences, condition, and overall health.

Your treatment plan might include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy for your bladder (intravesical chemotherapy)
  • Chemotherapy for your whole body
  • Radiation therapy
  • Immunotherapy

Schedule a consultation with Greater Hartford Urology Group today to learn more about the treatment options and outlook for bladder cancer.