While prostate cancer is a common
topic among men, it is not the only malignancy affecting them and can cause urinary discomfort. Bladder cancer
is a serious health problem among older men, and can cause symptoms almost similar to those of prostate cancer.
Located in the
lower abdomen, the bladder is a hollow organ shaped as a balloon, having a flexible muscle wall. The inner wall
of the bladder is lined with transitional cells. Almost all bladder cancers originate in the surface of the
bladder wall. The disease affects three times more men than women. In 80 percent of cases, bladder cancer is diagnosed in people aged over 60 years, and more than 50 percent of
those cases are in individuals aged 70 and older.
cancer of the bladder can manifest in various forms, very different from each other, but the superficial form is
the most common, accounting for 80 percent of bladder cancers. It is more or less limited to the mucosa of the
bladder and less serious. However, if left untreated, the cancer can also be capable of invading the musculature
of the bladder wall (invasive type), causing serious symptoms. In addition, superficial bladder tumors may recur
and affect other organs.
As is the case
with most cancers, the risk of bladder cancer is very high among smokers. The toxic substances of tobacco are
eliminated by the kidneys and the bladder. Some of those harmful substances can remain in the bladder, leading
to development of malignant tumor. Certain pain killers contain phenacetin which is also suspected in the
develop bladder cancer. In addition, individuals who are constantly exposed – in their workplace or else - and
inhale certain chemicals also run a high risk of contracting bladder cancer. This risk is even higher for individuals suffer from stress or
Bladder Cancer Treatment
treatment varies depending on the characteristics of the tumor. Superficial cancers that do not exceed the
lining of the bladder can be electrically destroyed during endoscopic resection. In case of recurrence of a
superficial tumor, it is possible to use intravesical instillation, direct application in the bladder of
anti-tumor agents designed to act on the walls of the bladder. The application is made by the use of a thin
catheter inserted into the urethra using a special medical tool. As for invasive tumors that penetrate deeply
into the muscular wall of the bladder or superficial tumors that rapidly grows, the treatment is cystectomy,
surgical removal of the bladder.
As it is the case
of most therapy, bladder cancer treatment is more effective along with a healthy lifestyle and
anti-cancer diet. It is, therefore, crucial for patients to eat plenty of non-GMO fruits and cruciferous
vegetables, while avoid refiner sugar directly or from foods that contain it. Ensure and Boost are among two
popular drinks recommended to cancer patients but are filled with refiner sugar.
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