Bladder cancer in women
Although only a fourth of all bladder cancer patients are women, the tumour is often more aggressive in women than in men. This makes proper treatment imperative. At alta uro, you’ll find everything you need under one roof. We rely on state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment procedures.
What is bladder cancer?
Bladder cancer is a disease in which the cells of the bladder change so that they grow without inhibition. The tumours can grow from a few millimetres to several centimetres in size. Blood in the urine is often the first warning sign of bladder cancer. The most important risk factor for the development of bladder cancer is smoking.
What treatment for bladder cancer does alta uro offer??
In case bladder cancer is confirmed during an endoscopic exam (cystoscopy), an endoscopic operation under general anaesthesia required. During this endoscopic surgery, all suspicious areas of bladder tissue are removed. The tissue is subsequently examined. If the tumour is limited to the superficial mucous membrane, preservation of the bladder is possible, and regular controls must be carried out. If the tumour has already grown into the muscles of the bladder, in most cases the bladder needs to be removed through a more extensive operation.
In addition to diagnostics, alta uro also offers endoscopic removal of bladder tumours. For this purpose, we make use of state-of-the-art technologies that can make it much easier for us to detect small tumours (e.g. NBI). If the tumor is limited to the mucosa but aggressive, treatment with bladder irrigation (so-called BCG immunotherapy) is necessary. We carry out this therapy on an outpatient basis in our centre. If the removal of the entire bladder is necessary, we will refer you to one of our cooperation partners.