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:

Ahlborn, David, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Urologic Oncology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
2660 Main Street Suite 117
Bridgeport, CT 06606
More Locations
  • 60 Danbury Road Suite 101
    Wilton, CT 06410
  • 205 Sub Way Suite 200
    Milford, CT 06461
Offers Video Medicine
Dorin, Ryan P., MD, FACS
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
201 North Mountain Road Suite 300
Plainville, CT 06062
More Locations
  • 22 Pine Street Suite 104
    Bristol, CT 06010
  • 455 Lewis Avenue Suite 210
    Meriden, CT 06451
Offers Video Medicine
Kesler, Stuart S., MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
385 West Main Street
Avon, CT 06001
More Locations
  • 10 Birdseye Road Suite 100
    Farmington, CT 06032
  • 85 Seymour Street Suite 416
    Hartford, CT 06106
Offers Video Medicine
Meraney, Anoop Mohan, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital
85 Seymour Street Suite 416
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
  • 376 Tolland Turnpike Suite 202
    Manchester, CT 06042
  • 385 West Main Street
    Avon, CT 06001
  • 330 Western Boulevard 2nd Floor
    Glastonbury, CT 06033
Offers Video Medicine
Shichman, Steven Jon, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital
85 Seymour Street Suite 416
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
  • 385 West Main Street
    Avon, CT 06001
Offers Video Medicine
Wagner, Joseph Robert, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Men's Health
10 Birdseye Road Suite 100
Farmington, CT 06032
More Locations
  • 376 Tolland Turnpike Suite 202
    Manchester, CT 06042
  • 85 Seymour Street Suite 416
    Hartford, CT 06106
Offers Video Medicine

Meet our Medical Oncologists:

Byrne, Brian James, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Medical Oncology
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Southington
55 Meriden Avenue Suite 1A
Southington, CT 06489
More Locations
  • 22 Pine Street Suite 104
    Bristol, CT 06010
  • 201 North Mountain Road Suite 202
    Plainville, CT 06062
  • 183 North Mountain Road Suite 202
    New Britain, CT 06053
  • 81 Meriden Avenue
    Southington, CT 06489
Offers Video Medicine
Kamradt, Jeffrey Michael, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Hematology / Oncology
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital
85 Retreat Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
  • 85 Seymour Street Suite 125
    Hartford, CT 06106
  • 80 Fisher Drive
    Avon, CT 06001
  • 376 Tolland Turnpike Suite 201
    Manchester, CT 06042
Offers Video Medicine
Kane, Michael Joel, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Medical Oncology
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Waterford
196 Parkway South Suite 303
Waterford, CT 06385
More Locations
  • 326 Washington Street
    Norwich, CT 06360
  • 164 Otrobando Avenue
    Norwich, CT 06360
Offers Video Medicine
Reznikoff, Glen Alan, MD, FACP
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Medical Oncology
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent’s Medical Center
425 Post Road 2nd Floor Suite 204
Fairfield, CT 06824
More Locations
  • 2800 Main Street 3rd Floor
    Bridgeport, CT 06606
Offers Video Medicine

Meet our Radiation Oncologists:

Radiation Oncology
HHC Institute
Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Offers Video Medicine
Radiation Oncology
HHC Institute
Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Offers Video Medicine
Radiation Oncology
HHC Institute
Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC at Backus Hospital
326 Washington Street
Norwich, CT 06360
Offers Video Medicine
Radiation Oncology
HHC Institute
Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Offers Video Medicine
Radiation Oncology
HHC Institute
Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Offers Video Medicine
Iannuzzi, Christopher Michael, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
0 / 5
Radiation Oncology
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
2800 Main Street 1st Floor
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Offers Video Medicine
Radiation Oncology
HHC Institute
Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
  • 326 Washington Street
    Norwich, CT 06360
Offers Video Medicine
Radiation Oncology
HHC Institute
MidState Medical Center
435 Lewis Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451
Offers Video Medicine
Radiation Oncology
HHC Institute
Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Offers Video Medicine
Radiation Oncology
HHC Institute
Central Connecticut Radiation Oncology, PC
183 North Mountain Road
New Britain, CT 06053
Offers Video Medicine

Meet our Urologists:

Armm, Milton Frank, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.6 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
2660 Main Street Suite 117
Bridgeport, CT 06606
More Locations
  • 60 Danbury Road Suite 101
    Wilton, CT 06410
Offers Video Medicine
Bieniek, Jared M., MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Men's Health
10 Birdseye Road Suite 100
Farmington, CT 06032
More Locations
  • 7 Elm Street Suite 307
    Enfield, CT 06082
  • 330 Western Boulevard 2nd Floor
    Glastonbury, CT 06033
Offers Video Medicine
Urology
HHC Institute
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Adult & Pediatric Urology
538 Litchfield Street Suite 102
Torrington, CT 06790
Offers Video Medicine
Crawley, David F., MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Men’s Health
5 Dayton Road Suite 203
Waterford, CT 06385
More Locations
  • 330 Washington Street Suite 350
    Norwich, CT 06360
Offers Video Medicine
Urology
HHC Institute
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Adult & Pediatric Urology
538 Litchfield Street Suite 102
Torrington, CT 06790
Offers Video Medicine
DiStefano, Anthony Joseph, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
360 Tolland Turnpike Suite 3B
Manchester, CT 06040
Offers Video Medicine
Griffith, John James, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
462 Queen Street Suite 203
Southington, CT 06489
More Locations
  • 201 North Mountain Road Suite 300
    Plainville, CT 06062
Offers Video Medicine
Kershen, Richard Todd, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
65 Memorial Road Suite 430
West Hartford, CT 06107
Offers Video Medicine
Leung, Cynthia Puisan, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.7 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
385 West Main Street
Avon, CT 06001
More Locations
  • 330 Western Boulevard 2nd Floor
    Glastonbury, CT 06033
Offers Video Medicine
McLeod, Brian Scott, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Backus Center for Specialty Care
584 Norwich Road Suite 100
Plainfield, CT 06374
Offers Video Medicine
O'Brien, Keith Richard, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
2660 Main Street Suite 117
Bridgeport, CT 06606
More Locations
  • 205 Sub Way Suite 200
    Milford, CT 06461
  • 1262 Post Road
    Fairfield, CT 06824
Offers Video Medicine
Pyo, Paul, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at MidState Medical Center
455 Lewis Avenue Suite 210
Meriden, CT 06451
More Locations
  • 280 South Main Street Suite 204
    Cheshire, CT 06410
Offers Video Medicine
Ranta, Jeffrey Alan, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.6 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
2660 Main Street Suite 117
Bridgeport, CT 06606
More Locations
  • 623 Newfield Avenue
    Stamford, CT 06905
  • 60 Danbury Road Suite 101
    Wilton, CT 06410
Offers Video Medicine
Rosenberg, David Jeremy, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
360 Tolland Turnpike Suite 3B
Manchester, CT 06040
Offers Video Medicine
Stahl, Brandon Christopher, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Urologic Oncology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
330 Washington Street Suite 350
Norwich, CT 06360
Offers Video Medicine
Stein, Joshua Aaron, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
360 Tolland Turnpike Suite 3B
Manchester, CT 06040
More Locations
  • 385 West Main Street
    Avon, CT 06001
Offers Video Medicine
Tarantino, Arthur Edgar, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
330 Western Boulevard 2nd Floor
Glastonbury, CT 06033
More Locations
  • 10 Birdseye Road Suite 100
    Farmington, CT 06032
Offers Video Medicine
Telsey, Jonathan Ian, MD, FACS
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.7 / 5
Urologic Surgery
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
330 Washington Street Suite 350
Norwich, CT 06360
More Locations
  • 5 Dayton Road Suite 202
    Waterford, CT 06385
Offers Video Medicine
Weisman, Kenneth Martin, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
76 Watertown Road Suite 2G
Thomaston, CT 06787
More Locations
  • 201 North Mountain Road Suite 300
    Plainville, CT 06062
  • 22 Pine Street Suite 104
    Bristol, CT 06010
Offers Video Medicine
Wong, Jean F., MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Urology
HHC Institute
Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
330 Washington Street Suite 350
Norwich, CT 06360
Offers Video Medicine
Yu, Stephen C., MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Urology
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
76 Watertown Road Suite 2G
Thomaston, CT 06787
Offers Video Medicine

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