Understanding Bladder Cancer

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According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 73,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year in the United States. Most bladder cancers are low-grade tumors that arise in the innermost layer of the bladder. This type of cancer does not usually spread, and can often be cured.

High-grade tumors, which can invade the bladder’s muscular wall, are more dangerous and can spread to the pelvis or other areas of the body. Treatment for advanced bladder cancer usually requires a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Memorial Sloan Kettering has a highly experienced team of experts – including urologic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and nurses who contribute to every aspect of care for patients with bladder cancer.