Your bladder is part of your urinary system. After your kidneys filter your blood and create urine, the urine goes to be stored in your bladder until you are ready to pass it on, doing the vital work of getting waste material you don’t need out of your body.
Bladder cancer forms when bladder cells mutate and grow unchecked, harming healthy bladder cells over time if left untreated.
Types of Bladder Cancer
Types of bladder cancer include:
- Papillary tumors
- Flat or sessile tumors
- Carcinoma in situ (CIS)
Strength in Numbers
Quality cancer treatment depends upon coordination and collaboration between treatment providers and you. We take a team-based approach, bringing together multiple specialists with expertise in the treatment and research of bladder cancer.
Our specialists embrace the latest technologies and methods for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.
There are many options for treating bladder cancer, including chemotherapy, radiation, medication, immunotherapy, surgery and clinical trials. The best option is whichever one fits your specific case.
Having a multidisciplinary team of physicians with different perspectives and medical specialties can help ensure you make the most informed decision possible.
How it Works
At diagnosis, our patients come in for a visit with physicians who specialize in medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery and other fields of expertise.
After the initial consultation, our team presents a recommended plan of care.
Our experienced staff coordinates treatment, including any necessary follow-ups and rehabilitation, so patients can focus all their energies on recovery.
At OSF HealthCare, you have access to cancer patient navigators who advocate for you every step of the way. They can help you understand your care, help you schedule appointments and generally help eliminate or reduce any obstacles you have to getting the care you need and understanding your care.