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