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Urologic Conditions:

Bladder Cancer

The bladder is a hollow organ that stores urine. Bladder cancer occurs when cancer cells grow from the cells lining the bladder; these cancers can then invade into the wall of the bladder. Removal of part of the bladder is called a partial cystectomy. Removal of the entire bladder is called a radical cystectomy. For more details on the common types of surgery for bladder cancer, see the “Surgical Options” section that follows.

Common symptoms of bladder cancer may include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain during urination
  • Low back pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling the need to urinate without results

Surgery Options

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