A mass (tumor) that is found on the bladder – the muscular sac in the pelvic region that stores urine – can sometimes be indicative of bladder cancer. In other cases, a bladder mass could be a benign (noncancerous) polyp, which is a small, cauliflower-like growth that can potentially turn into bladder cancer in the future. Many people with bladder polyps do not develop cancer, but some may experience bothersome symptoms like frequent or painful urination that require medical attention.
What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?
You probably can’t detect a bladder mass on your own, so it’s beneficial to be familiar with the potential symptoms of bladder cancer and seek medical care if they occur. Some of the most common signs of this condition include:
- Blood in the urine
- Burning sensations or pain while urinating
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
- An unusually weak urine stream
- A frequent urge to urinate, even when the bladder is empty
- Low back pain on one side
It’s important to note that bladder cancer shares many symptoms with urinary tract infections and other benign conditions. If you notice changes in your urination or have any symptoms that concern you, be sure to promptly speak with a physician. It’s also a good idea to let your physician know if anyone in your family has been diagnosed with bladder cancer or if you have experienced bladder problems before.
Moffitt’s approach to bladder cancer
Moffitt Cancer Center caters to patient in all stages of treatment and recovery. The multispecialty team in our Urologic Oncology Program provides screening for high-risk patients, diagnostics, advanced treatment and supportive care in a single location.
Medically Reviewed by, Scott Gilbert, MD, Department of Genitourinary Oncology.
If you would like to consult with a Moffitt oncologist specializing in bladder cancer about your symptoms, risk factors or treatment options, we’re ready to help. Contact us at 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online to visit Moffitt with or without a referral.