What is bladder cancer? It is abnormal growth of the cells that line the inside of the bladder, forming a tumor.
How often does it occur? The American Cancer Society estimates more than 73,000 diagnoses of bladder cancer in the United States each year, with more than 75 percent of those cases occurring in men.
Are there different types of bladder cancer? Yes, bladder cancer may be either noninvasive or invasive. A noninvasive tumor is usually a small, wart-like growth that has not attached to the bladder wall. If a tumor is invasive, the cancer cells may have spread into the bladder wall and to other organs through the bloodstream and lymphatic system.
What does University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care offer? We offer a broad array of expertise and treatment options for bladder cancer. We are one of only a few medical centers in Minnesota to offer Cysview®, breakthrough technology that significantly improves detection of bladder cancer. Watch the story of a bladder cancer patient, Tom Vogel, who benefited from our expertise and Cysview® technology.
Our treatments include the following:
- Bladder cancer clinical trials
- active surveillance with advanced imaging (including Cysview®)
- MRI-guided biopsy
- robotic surgery
- newer chemotherapy and oral medications
- vaccine therapies
Watch a short video of Dr. Badrinath Konety describe how Cysview® technology has improved detection of bladder cancer and created better outcomes for patients.