Bladder cancer is a type of cancer that is common among the older generation of the ages of 70 years and above. The survival rate for bladder cancer highly depends on the stage at which the tumor is discovered and it is highly recommended by health practitioners that you attend regular medical checks in order for early detection of the cancer. This type of cancer affects the bladder and this organ is very important in the body system as it is holds urine from the kidneys for release out of the body. The survival rate will depend on when the tumor has been detected in the bladder before it spreads out and multiplies and affect other vital organs. The patient general health condition when the cancer has been detected will also be a major factor to survival, because the treatments are very aggressive and sometimes the body may not be able to withstand the tiring procedures.
The survival rates for most cancer types is a five year period and this will show the proportion of the number of people who live for five years after the cancer has been diagnosed. We have different tests that will be done to determine the stage of the cancer. The symptoms are varied such as abdominal pain, frequent urination, and pains in the bones, fatigue, urine incontinence and anemia. The tests procedures that are done include, urinalysis, CT scan, bone scan, and bladder biopsy.
Stage 0 – 1: At stage 0, the cancer cells are still very minimal in growth and they are only within the bladder lining, if you are diagnosed with bladder cancer at this stage, the survival rate is so high at 98 percent. The treatment options available at this stage are surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy. Stage 1, the cancer is spreading to the muscles tissues of the bladder and with proper treatments they are able to be destroyed and prevented from spreading further. The survival rate is at 88 percent. Stage 2, the tumor has multiplied and affected the tissues within the bladder, surgery is highly recommended because they will remove completely the cancerous cells to prevent it from spreading, the survival rates has reduced to 63percent. Stage 3, the tumor has spread to the other organs and survival rate is 46 percent. Stage 4 is now an advances stage as the tumor is now affecting other organs and the survival rate is very low at 15 percent.
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