Bladder pain is not always indicative of cancer, but developing an effective treatment plan is dependent on a correct diagnosis. For instance, bladder pain that is a result of a cyst or urinary tract infection can often be treated with medications, dietary modifications, bladder training and other similar treatments. However, bladder pain that is caused by a tumor requires a much different approach, often involving a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapies.
Any discomfort associated with a bladder tumor is likely to be felt in the abdominal region. Specifically, pain may develop in the:
- Upper abdomen and sides (sometimes referred to as the "flanks")
- Lower section of the abdomen just above the thighs (the pelvis)
Bladder cancer may also spread to the bones and cause bone pain, although this is unusual and tends to occur only in highly advanced cases.
When bladder pain treatment requires the expertise of a surgeon, medical oncologist or radiation oncologist, Moffitt Cancer Center is the place to go. With renowned experts and a comprehensive Urologic Oncology Program, Moffitt welcomes patients who have all types and stages of bladder cancer. We also welcome patients who require diagnostic testing for bladder pain and other symptoms that persist after a physician rules out a urinary tract infection and other, more common health conditions.
To learn more about our diagnostic services and the treatment options that we offer for cancer-related bladder pain, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. We do not require referrals to visit Moffitt.