Cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the body. These cells can grow together and form masses, called tumors. Bladder cancer is cancer of the bladder—the part of the urinary tract that holds urine until it is released. Bladder cancer can be successfully treated if it is found and addresses early; fortunately, most bladder cancer is diagnosed early on.


If you are diagnosed with bladder cancer, the treatment will depend on the stage and grade of the cancer. Other considerations include your age, overall health and quality of life. Treatment can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or immunotherapy.


Surgery. Surgery is frequently used as a treatment for cancer, by removing the cancer itself. It is used in conjunction with other treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, to ensure all of the cancer is addressed.


Chemotherapy. This treatment destroys cancer cells using medicines.


Radiation therapy. This treatment also destroys cancer cells, but does so using high-dose X-rays or other high-energy rays.


Immunotherapy. This treatment builds your body’s natural defenses (the immune system) and causes it to attach bladder cancer cells.


Contact Dr. Lawrence Newman—your Las Vegas urology specialist—to schedule an evaluation today!