Bladder cancer is the fifth most common form of cancer in the United States, resulting in 14,000 deaths annually. It is 2 to 3 times more common in men and is more prevalent in Caucasians than in African Americans and Hispanics. Bladder cancer usually originates in the bladder lining, which consists of a mucous layer of surface cells that expand and deflate, smooth muscle, and a fibrous layer. Tumors are categorized as low-stage (superficial) or high-stage (muscle invasive).
UM BWMC has a number of bladder cancer specialists, including fellowship trained urologic oncologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists and a support staff dedicated to caring for patients with bladder cancer. Their urologic oncologists offer the most advanced surgical techniques and are experienced in performing complex surgery for more advanced cases, including the bladder reconstruction surgery called neobladder.
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