Bladder Cancer

Our urologic cancer specialists are leaders in Connecticut for treating bladder cancer, from low-risk through high-risk bladder cancer.

When found and treated early, bladder cancer often can be treated successfully.

Most bladder cancer patients require surgery. Many are also treated with intravesical therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. As a regional leader in cancer research, our specialists participate in studies to advance targeted therapies, gene therapy and photodynamic therapies being developed to treat bladder cancer.


A Multidisciplinary Team Treating Bladder Cancer

A urologic oncologist leads our team of bladder cancer specialists: medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and clinical research nurses. Patients requiring ostomies are cared for by a specialized post-surgical ostomy team.


Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

Blood in the urine is the main symptom of bladder cancer. You may also feel a need to urinate often or feel pain on urination. (But it's important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other problems, particularly urinary tract infections.)


Advanced Treatments for Bladder Cancer

Intravesical Therapy for Early Stage Bladder Cancer

Early stage bladder cancers may be treated with intravesical therapy, placing drugs directly into the bladder while sparing side effects for surrounding tissues. Immunotherapy, including Bacillus Calmette-Guerin therapy (BCG), is delivered this way as it directs the body’s immune system to attack low-stage bladder cancer. Some chemotherapies are also delivered with intravesical therapy.

Robotic Surgery Leaders

Our surgeons perform over 60 robotic bladder removal procedures (or cystectomies) every year. They pioneered robotic surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System, which guides surgical instruments through small incisions using remarkably precise robotic arms. With a three-dimensional computerized view of even the smallest surgical field, surgeons operate with exacting precision to preserve sexual function and continence. Patients also benefit from less blood loss and faster recovery times.

Reconstructive Surgery Expertise for Bladder Cancer Patients

Our bladder cancer surgeons can often reconstruct the urinary system by using a patient’s healthy intestinal tissue. Using advanced surgical techniques, they can create orthotopic neobladders that route urine back into the urethra and make urination nearly normal. Continent diversion with catheterizable pouches and ileal conduits are other common surgical techniques used for bladder cancer.

Integrative Treatments

Bladder cancer patients are fully supported with a range of therapies that can include biofeedback and other integrative therapies, educational seminars and a patient support group that helps patients and their families know what to expect during treatment and at home.


Risk Factors for Bladder Cancer

  • Smoking increases the risk of bladder cancer.
  • Bladder cancer is seen most often in Caucasian men over the age of 40.
  • Some industrial chemical exposures can cause bladder cancer, particularly in wood, rubber and textile industries.
  • Eating too much fat and fried meat increases bladder cancer risks.
  • A parasite, rare in our area, that causes schistosomiasis can increase the risk of bladder cancer. It's found most often in developing countries.

How Bladder Cancer is Diagnosed​​

Part of how bladder cancer is diagnosed is testing your urine for blood or abnormal cells. If bladder cancer is suspected, you will have a test called a cystoscopy, which allows your urologist to see inside your bladder using a thin, lighted tool. A biopsy can be done with this tool, in which small tissue samples are removed and evaluated under a microscope to determine if cancer cells are present.



Meet our Urologic Oncologists:

David Ahlborn

4.9

Urologic Oncology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
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Wilton, CT 06897
Milford, CT 06461
Ryan Dorin

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Medical Arts Building
Plainville, CT 06062
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Bristol, CT 06010
Meriden, CT 06451
Eric Katz

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
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Farmington, CT 06032
West Hartford, CT 06107
Avon, CT 06001
Stuart Kesler

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Avon, CT 06001
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Farmington, CT 06032
Hartford, CT 06106
Anoop Meraney

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
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Manchester, CT 06042
Avon, CT 06001
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Steven Shichman

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
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Avon, CT 06001
Michael Siev

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Enfield, CT 06082
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Manchester, CT 06040
Joseph Wagner

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Men's Health
Farmington, CT 06032
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Manchester, CT 06042
Hartford, CT 06106

Meet our Medical Oncologists:

Brian Byrne

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Southington
Southington, CT 06489
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Bristol, CT 06010
Plainville, CT 06062
New Britain, CT 06053
Southington, CT 06489
Jeffrey Kamradt

5

Hematology / Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
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Hartford, CT 06106
Avon, CT 06001
Manchester, CT 06042
Michael Kane

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Waterford
Waterford, CT 06385
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Plainfield, CT 06374
Glen Reznikoff

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Fairfield, CT 06824
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Bridgeport, CT 06606

Meet our Radiation Oncologists:

Adriana Blakaj

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106
Timothy Boyd

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106
Ahmed Chaudhary

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Backus Hospital
Norwich, CT 06360
Robert Dowsett

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106
Christopher Iannuzzi

0

Radiation Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Susan Kim

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Backus Hospital
Norwich, CT 06360
Allan Kratzer

 

Radiation Oncology

MidState Medical Center
Meriden, CT 06451
Kenneth Leopold

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106

Meet our Urologists:

Jared Bieniek

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Men's Health
Farmington, CT 06032
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Fairfield, CT 06824
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Johnny Chang

 

Urology

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Adult & Pediatric Urology
Torrington, CT 06790
David Crawley

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Men’s Health
Waterford, CT 06385
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Norwich, CT 06360
James DeVanney

 

Urology

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Adult & Pediatric Urology
Torrington, CT 06790
Anthony DiStefano

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Manchester, CT 06040
John Griffith

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Southington, CT 06489
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Plainville, CT 06062
Eric Katz

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
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Farmington, CT 06032
West Hartford, CT 06107
Avon, CT 06001
Richard Kershen

4.7

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
West Hartford, CT 06107
Cynthia Leung

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Avon, CT 06001
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Glastonbury, CT 06033
Brian McLeod

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Backus Center for Specialty Care - Urology
Plainfield, CT 06374
Keith O'Brien

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
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Milford, CT 06461
Fairfield, CT 06824
Paul Pyo

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at MidState Medical Center
Meriden, CT 06451
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Cheshire, CT 06410
Jeffrey Ranta

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
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Wilton, CT 06897
Stamford, CT 06905
David Rosenberg

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Manchester, CT 06040
Brandon Stahl

4.9

Urologic Oncology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Norwich, CT 06360
Joshua Stein

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Manchester, CT 06040
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Avon, CT 06001
Arthur Tarantino

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Gateway Medical Office Park - South
Glastonbury, CT 06033
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Farmington, CT 06032
Jonathan Telsey

4.8

Urologic Surgery

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Norwich, CT 06360
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Waterford, CT 06385
Kenneth Weisman

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Thomaston, CT 06787
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Plainville, CT 06062
Bristol, CT 06010
Jean Wong

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Norwich, CT 06360

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