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Diagnose, Treat And Receive Ongoing Bladder Cancer Support At Men's Health Clinic Manitoba!

Bladder cancer is stressful and shouldn’t be something you go through alone. That’s why diagnosis, treatment and survivorship support are so important. 

Here are the benefits of the bladder cancer services from Men’s Health Clinic Manitoba:

What is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer (as known as urothelial carcinoma or transitional cell carcinoma) develops when cells in the bladder start to grow uncontrollably. These abnormal cells can form tumours and spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. The cause of bladder cancer is not always clear, but smoking, exposure to certain chemicals, and chronic bladder inflammation may increase the risk.

The first step to any successful treatment is being informed. That’s where visiting Men’s Health Clinic Manitoba comes in. We understand the importance of awareness and early detection. Bladder cancer is a condition that affects thousands of individuals every year, and understanding signs, symptoms, and treatment options is essential. Book a consultation to begin your journey to recovery today.

Types of Bladder Cancer

There are several types of bladder cancer, including:

  • Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC): This is by far the most common type of bladder cancer, which starts in the cells lining the bladder.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma: This type of bladder cancer develops in the thin, flat cells that line the bladder and can be associated with chronic irritation to the bladder.
  • Adenocarcinoma: This is a rare type of bladder cancer that begins in the glandular cells of the bladder lining.

Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

Early-stage bladder cancer may not cause any symptoms, but as the disease progresses, symptoms may include:

  • Blood in the urine (hematuria)
  • Frequent urination
  • Painful urination
  • Pelvic pain
  • Back pain

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing bladder cancer involves a combination of imaging tests, urine tests, and a cystoscopy, which allows the doctor to examine the inside of the bladder. Treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy, depending on the stage and severity of the cancer.

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Treatment Highlights

Comprehensive Care

Men's Health Clinic Manitoba offers evidenced-based treatment recommendations and comprehensive care for bladder cancer patients, ensuring they receive the highest quality of care and support throughout their journey.

Early Detection

The clinic emphasizes the importance of awareness and early detection of bladder cancer. They encourage individuals to seek consultation to understand signs, symptoms, and treatment options, enabling them to begin their journey to recovery promptly.

Treatment Options for Bladder Cancer

Effective treatment for bladder cancer depends on the type and stage of the cancer, as well as the patient’s overall health and preferences. Men’s Health Clinic Manitoba offers a range of treatment options to suit each patient’s needs.

Surgery

Surgery is the primary treatment for bladder cancer, especially in early-stage cases. The goal of surgery is to remove the cancerous tissue while preserving as much of the bladder function as possible. Surgical options may include Transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT) and Radical cystectomy.



Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells or stop them from growing. It may be used before or after surgery to shrink tumours, prevent cancer from spreading, or destroy any remaining cancer cells. For patients receiving radiation therapy, chemotherapy is typically given at the same time. Chemotherapy for bladder cancer can be given intravenously or directly into the bladder (intravesical chemotherapy).

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy boosts the body's immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells. It may be used as a standalone treatment or with other therapies for advanced or metastatic bladder cancer. Common immunotherapy drugs for bladder cancer include pembrolizumab, atezolizumab, and nivolumab.


Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to kill cancer cells or shrink tumours. It may be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy for bladder cancer treatment. External beam radiation therapy is the main type of radiation therapy used for bladder cancer.


Support and Survivorship

A bladder cancer diagnosis is scary, but you don’t have to face it alone. Our team provides comprehensive support and guidance throughout your bladder cancer journey. If you are looking for more information, we encourage you to visit: https://bladdercancercanada.org/en/ which has additional patient resources.

Patient Education and Counseling

Understanding your diagnosis, treatment options, and what to expect allows you to make informed decisions about your care. We also provide patient education and counseling to give you the knowledge and resources to navigate your bladder cancer treatment confidently.





Survivorship Programs                            

Our survivorship programs are designed to help bladder cancer survivors transition from active treatment to life after cancer. These programs promote overall health and well-being, manage long-term side effects, and address survivorship issues such as fear of recurrence and adjustment to a "new normal" post-treatment. This includes discussing other non-cancer aspects of your health including how you are voiding (passing your urine) and your sexual function.

Community Resources                                        

Connecting with others who have been through similar experiences can provide valuable support and encouragement. We can help you access local and online support groups, advocacy organizations, and community resources where you can connect with fellow bladder cancer survivors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

Continued Monitoring and Follow-Up

Regular monitoring and follow-up care allow bladder cancer survivors to detect any signs of recurrence or new developments early. Our team will develop a personalized follow-up plan suiting your individual needs and risk factors.


Compassionate Bladder Cancer Care:

Facing bladder cancer can be daunting, but you’re not alone. At Men’s Health Clinic Manitoba, our team of experts is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and support throughout your bladder cancer journey. All treatment recommendations are evidenced based. If you or a loved one is dealing with bladder cancer, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about our comprehensive bladder cancer treatment options and take the first step toward a brighter, cancer-free future.

Bladder Cancer Winnipeg FAQs

Bladder cancer symptoms include blood in the urine (hematuria), frequent urination, pain during urination, and lower back pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult with a healthcare professional.

Bladder cancer diagnosis typically involves a combination of tests, including urine tests, imaging tests (such as CT scans or ultrasounds), and cystoscopy, where a thin camera is inserted into the bladder to examine it. Your doctor will determine the most appropriate diagnostic approach based on your circumstances.

Treatment for bladder cancer depends on the stage of the cancer, its location, and your overall health. Options may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, or a combination of these approaches. Your healthcare team will develop a personalized treatment plan suiting your specific needs.

The side effects of bladder cancer treatment can vary depending on the treatment received. Your healthcare provider will discuss potential side effects with you before starting treatment and provide support to manage any symptoms that arise.

Supporting a loved one with bladder cancer can be challenging but essential. Offer emotional support by listening to their concerns and providing encouragement. Help with transportation to appointments or preparing meals. Encourage them to stay informed about their condition and treatment options. Accompany them to medical appointments when possible

Men’s Health Clinic Manitoba regularly participates in both national registries and clinical trials. For those motivated to give locally, we encourage you to visit our donation page with 100% of all proceeds going to research. For those wanting to donate on a National level, please visit: https://bladdercancercanada.org/en/donate-now/

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