There are several bladder cancer symptoms to watch for if you are worried about your bladder health. It’s important to note, however, that some people with bladder cancer may not show some or any of these symptoms, while others might have symptoms that are actually caused by a medical condition other than cancer.
One of the most common indications of a medical condition in the bladder is blood in the urine, known as hematuria. If there is blood in the urine, it may appear dark yellow, bright red or a dark brown color similar to cola. However, hematuria can be an indication of an array of medical conditions other than cancer, like kidney stones or infection. That’s why it’s wise to see a specially trained physician, who can perform the necessary diagnostic tests to find the cause.
Some of the other potential symptoms of bladder cancer include:
- Pain or a burning sensation during urination
- Frequent urination
- Feeling the need to urinate, but not being able to
- Pain in the lower back or pelvis
More advanced bladder cancer may result in other, more severe symptoms, including unexplained pain, a substantial loss of appetite, or sudden weight loss. Some patients with advanced bladder cancer are unable to urinate, experience bone pain, or have considerable swelling in the feet.
Moffitt Cancer Center’s Genitourinary Oncology Program has a multispecialty team of world-renowned experts ready to help determine whether your symptoms indicate bladder cancer and, if so, develop an individualized treatment plan to address it. Surgical treatments at Moffitt Cancer Center are performed with the help of state-of-the-art technology, including robotic assistance and laparoscopy, all with the aim of minimizing the invasiveness of the procedure. Additionally, our skilled team of medical and radiation oncologists are equipped to provide the most effective chemotherapy and radiation therapy available anywhere in the world. We are a Comprehensive Cancer Center, as designated by the National Cancer Institute – the only such facility based in Florida, which means that we offer the most advanced treatment options available to help you live your life to the fullest.
Contact Moffitt Cancer Center by calling 1-888-MOFFITT or by completing our new patient registration form to learn more about our diagnostic techniques and treatment options to address bladder cancer symptoms. No referral is necessary to visit Moffitt’s Genitourinary Oncology Clinic.