Family Urology Associates
Urologists & Advanced Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgeons located in Frederick, MD & Hagerstown, MD
Bladder cancer deaths are decreasing in America today, and that simple fact demonstrates the power of regular urology care. Family Urology Associates in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland, offers all aspects of bladder cancer care, including screening, diagnosis, surveillance, and surgery, where needed. Dedicated board-certified urologist Mohammed Haseebuddin, MD, or Dr. Haseeb to his patients, personally manages your care, always tailoring it to your needs. Call the office nearest you or book with the online scheduler anytime.
Bladder Cancer Q & A
What is bladder cancer?
Bladder cancer, the sixth most common kind of cancer in the United States, affects the:
- Bladder lining
- Bladder wall muscles
- Bladder lining and wall muscles
This type of cancer can also spread to other parts of the urinary tract. Bladder cancer is more common in men than in women, and it often appears later in life.
What are the signs of bladder cancer?
The most common symptom of bladder cancer is hematuria (blood in your urine). You may also experience:
- Pain during urination
- Increased urinary urgency
- Increased frequency of urination
- Pelvic pain
Because bladder cancer symptoms are similar to those of other conditions like urinary tract infections, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and kidney stones, it’s important to see Dr. Haseeb promptly to find out what you’re dealing with.
How do you diagnose bladder cancer?
At Family Urology Associates, Dr. Haseeb screens for bladder cancer during physical exams. He discusses symptoms with you and often performs tests like urinalysis and urine cytology in the lab as part of the diagnostic process.
For a definitive bladder cancer diagnosis, you may need a minimally invasive procedure called cystoscopy, in which Dr. Haseeb views your bladder and urethra under magnification. Dr. Haseeb may take a tissue sample for a biopsy during cystoscopy.
You may need imaging tests, including computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to help diagnose bladder cancer and determine its stage.
How do you treat bladder cancer?
Bladder cancer treatment varies according to the cancer location and stage. Dr. Haseeb offers laparoscopic and robotic surgical options for bladder cancer, including:
In a partial cystectomy, Dr. Haseeb removes the cancerous portion of your bladder. This spares as much of your bladder as possible, so it’s the preferred treatment where feasible.
A complete cystectomy is a total bladder removal. For invasive bladder cancer, a complete cystectomy may be the only effective treatment. Dr. Haseeb performs complete cystectomy where indicated and then creates a urinary diversion for urine storage. This may be an external pouch, an internal abdominal reservoir, or an internal artificial bladder that you empty regularly.
Dr. Haseeb focuses on effective bladder cancer treatment that preserves the maximum quality-of-life. He can help you make the best treatment decision for your needs.
For bladder cancer screening, diagnosis, and management, call Family Urology Associates, or book with the online appointment maker now.