The Cancer Institute's Bladder Cancer program is at the forefront of hospitals serving the Philadelphia northern suburbs. We offer patients seeking advanced care substantial resources to control and potentially cure their disease.
Urologists and cancer specialists at Doylestown Health have years of expertise and experience in bladder cancer treatments, including radical cystectomy, urinary diversion and reconstructive surgery. Our team includes a dedicated urologic cancer patient navigator — a highly trained, certified professional who supports patients from their diagnosis through survivorship. In addition, through our membership in Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network and as a Penn Radiation Oncology satellite location, our patients have direct access to cutting-edge treatment options and innovative clinical trials available nowhere else in the region.
About Our Bladder Cancer Team
The multidisciplinary bladder cancer team meets regularly at cancer conferences and tumor boards to review newly diagnosed cases and recommend personalized care plans. This ensures the highest quality of care and best outcome for each patient.
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Risk Factors for Bladder Cancer
Cigarette smoking is the primary risk factor for bladder cancer and accounts for approximately 60 to 70 percent of cases in the United States. In addition to smoking, other risk factors may contribute to the disease, such as chemical exposure in the workplace.
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Symptoms of Bladder Cancer
The bladder is the hollow, muscular, balloon-shaped organ near the pelvic area that stores urine before it leaves the body. Blood in the urine is the most common symptom of bladder cancer. Patients with symptoms of bladder cancer can access comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services at Doylestown Health locations.
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Bladder Cancer Screening and Diagnosis
When bladder cancer is detected in its early stages, it can be controlled and even cured through surgical and therapeutic interventions, followed by ongoing screening and surveillance. Doylestown Health specialists use the most advanced screening and diagnostic technologies available, including low-radiation and radiation-free imaging, as well as minimally and non-invasive diagnostic and surgical procedures.
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State-of-the-art Bladder Cancer Treatment
Doylestown Health's bladder cancer specialists work closely as a team to customize each patient’s plan of care with the most advanced surgical, chemotherapy and radiation treatments available, including radical cystectomy and urinary diversion. Our urologic cancer patient navigator works directly with patients and families to coordinate care. All treatment options are conveniently located right at Doylestown Hospital or community-based facilities in Bucks County.
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Support and Survivorship
Approximately 75 percent of all new cases of bladder cancer are non-muscle invasive, which means they are highly treatable and potentially curable. Patients who receive treatment for bladder cancer at Doylestown Health have excellent resources for comprehensive support and follow-up medical care to prevent recurrence, including on-site support groups and a Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia office located right at Doylestown Hospital.
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