Bladder Cancer


A diagnosis of cancer is a frightening thing for anyone, which is why Chesapeake Urology’s caregivers recognize that you not only need the very best medical care, but also the right information to help you understand your condition and how we will help you through your journey. 

When it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer, Chesapeake Urology’s cancer professionals focus their expertise and the most advanced, compassionate and personalized care on you. Many of Chesapeake Urology’s physicians take care of bladder cancer patients. In addition, we are one of only a few providers in the region with dedicated, highly skilled urologic oncologists who focus on complex cancer cases. Your care team also includes experienced support staff who will walk you through your experience every step of the way, ensuring your comfort and the best possible outcomes.

From your very first visit with a Chesapeake Urology physician through diagnosis and treatment for bladder cancer, you can expect our specialists to treat the whole person, not just the cancer.

Because every patient is unique, a personalized plan of care will be developed to provide you with the most appropriate treatment that meets your individual needs. Our mission is to ensure that you have a superior experience.



The bladder is a balloon shaped organ that collects urine from the kidneys and stores it until it is eliminated through a tube called the urethra. The most common type of bladder cancer, urothelial carcinoma (UC), starts in the lining of the bladder. Bladder cancer begins when the cells in the lining of the bladder start to grow out of control. Urothelial cancer can occur anywhere in the urinary tract including the bladder, urethra, kidneys and ureters.

Facts to Know

  • Bladder cancer is the fifth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common cancer in women.

  • The average age of diagnosis is early 70s.

  • Tobacco use has been linked as a cause, or risk factor, for the development of bladder cancer.

  • Caucasians are at a higher risk of developing bladder cancer.

  • Family or personal history of bladder cancer is a risk factor for developing the disease.

  • When bladder cancer is diagnosed and treated early, it often can be treated successfully.




Early stages of bladder cancer often produce no symptoms. Your first warning sign may be hematuria (blood in your urine that may be visible or only be visible under a microscope).

Other less common symptoms include:

  • Painful urination
  • Frequent urination or feeling an urge to urinate without results
  • Slow or intermittent urine stream
  • Pelvic pain

These symptoms may indicate other medical problems, such as urinary tract infections, bladder stones or prostate disorders; you will need a thorough evaluation to determine the cause.


The following factors increase your risk of bladder cancer:

  • Cigarette smoking - the single greatest risk factor for bladder cancer
  • Exposure to industrial chemicals
  • Chronic bladder inflammation or foley catheter use
  • Chemotherapy or radiation therapy for other cancers

Less common risk factors may include:

  • Age - the average age is 67
  • Sex - men are at much higher risk
  • Race - Caucasians are at higher risk
  • Family or personal history of bladder cancer

Learn More About:

Diagnosing Bladder Cancer

Staging Bladder Cancer

Treatment Options for Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer Prevention