The most common symptoms of bladder cancer involve urinary function, although other complications can occur if the cancer spreads. It’s not uncommon for bladder cancer to metastasize to the lungs, liver or bones. This can cause pain and other symptoms in distant parts of the body. In many cases, metastatic bladder cancer also causes general complications such as fatigue and weight loss.
What happens if bladder cancer spreads to the liver?
If bladder cancer spreads to the liver, it can make it difficult for the liver to produce bile, break down fat cells and filter toxic substances out of the body. This can lead to jaundice, discolored urine and abdominal pain and swelling.
What happens if bladder cancer spreads to the lungs?
If bladder cancer spreads to the lungs, the resulting tumors can make it difficult to breathe. People with lung metastases may also develop a chronic cough, chest pain and voice changes.
What happens if bladder cancer spreads to bones?
Cancer that spreads to bones can weaken the bones and make them more prone to breakage. Bone metastases can also be painful, especially at night and during activity.
Metastatic bladder cancer treatment
Without a professional evaluation, it can be difficult to know if the symptoms you’re experiencing are the result of bladder cancer or something else. While it’s important not to panic – most of these issues can be caused by other, less serious conditions – it’s also important to talk with an expert if you notice something out of the ordinary. The earlier that bladder cancer is detected, the more treatment options you’re likely to have.
Medically Reviewed by, Scott Gilbert, MD, Department of Genitourinary Oncology.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer a comprehensive range of bladder cancer tests and treatments, welcoming patients with all stages of the condition. If you’d like to have your symptoms evaluated by an oncologist who specializes in metastatic bladder cancer, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online to request an appointment. No referral is required to consult with our team.