Bladder Cancer

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s urologic cancer specialists, leaders in Connecticut, treat the most cases of bladder cancer in the state each year, from low-risk to advanced-stage.

As with many other forms of cancer, when found and treated early, bladder cancer is often treated successfully. Cancer Institute specialists partner with experts from the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute for multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment.

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Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

Blood in the urine is the main symptom of bladder cancer. You may also feel a need to urinate more often or experience pain when urinating. Other problems, such as urinary tract infections, can cause these symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, speak to your urologist or primary care provider as soon as possible.

Diagnosing Bladder Cancer

Testing your urine for blood or abnormal cells can help our doctors determine if you have bladder cancer. If they suspect you do, a urologist will perform a cystoscopy, inserting a thin, lighted tool into the bladder to examine it. A biopsy can be done with this tool, removing small tissue samples for evaluation under a microscope.

Treating Bladder Cancer

Treatment for bladder cancer depends on how advanced it is.

  • Early stage bladder cancers may be treated with intravesical therapy, which involves placing drugs directly into the bladder to spare surrounding tissues. We also deliver immunotherapy like Bacillus Calmette-Guerin therapy (BCG) this way, directing the immune system to attack low-stage bladder cancer. Intravesical therapy is also used to deliver some chemotherapies.
  • Robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System was pioneered by our team. The technology provides a three-dimensional computerized view while our surgeons operate with precision to preserve sexual function and continence. Patients experience less blood loss and faster recovery times.
  • Reconstructive surgery removes cancerous tissue and rebuilds the urinary system using your healthy intestinal tissue.
  • Integrative treatment can include biofeedback, Reiki, yoga, educational seminars and access to a support group to help you and your family along your journey.

A member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, we provide innovative care close to home.

We offer the latest treatments through our ongoing membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Alliance, which gives you access to the latest standards of care and clinical trials.

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Support at the Cancer Institute

The Cancer Institute offers whatever you and your family need on your journey, whether it’s access to an oncology social worker, a nurse navigator to coordinate your care or the support of our Patient and Family Resource Center.

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