Bladder Cancer Specialist

Dr's Frankel, Reed and Evans

Urologists located in Burien, WA & Renton, WA

It’s estimated that over 81,000 new cases of bladder cancer are going to be diagnosed in 2018, according to the American Cancer Society. Because bladder cancer is relatively common, you have plenty of proven treatments available at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans. Burien, Washington’s leading urologists, Jeffrey M. Frankel, MD; David C. Reed, MD; and Jeffrey L. Evans, MD have extensive experience diagnosing and treating bladder cancer. Whether you have a family history of bladder cancer or are showing symptoms, it’s time to schedule an exam. Book your visit either online or over the phone.

Bladder Cancer Q & A

Am I at risk of bladder cancer?

Bladder cells are supposed to grow and divide in an orderly fashion — new cells replace old cells on an ongoing basis. In some cases, bladder cells develop mutations that cause them to grow rapidly, without ever dying. This abundance of cells is the tumor growth.

As with most types of cancer, your risk of developing bladder cancer is higher if you’re a smoker, have a family history of the disease, or are overweight. Your risk of bladder cancer may also be higher if you:

  • Get a parasitic infection from outside the United States
  • Experience chronic irritation of your bladder lining
  • Are exposed to certain chemicals

Your risk of bladder cancer is higher if you’re Caucasian and if you’re male, especially if you’re older. Overall, men are about 70% more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Does bladder cancer cause symptoms?

It can in some patients. Early warning signs may include lower back pain and frequent urination, although these are also symptoms that are related to other conditions, including urinary tract infections (UTIs). As bladder cancer develops, it can lead to:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Pain while urinating
  • Unexplained pelvic pain
  • Reddish or brownish urine

How is bladder cancer treated?

Treating bladder cancer depends on whether you have a low-grade or a high-grade bladder tumor. A high-grade tumor is more likely to be aggressive and spread to other areas. Your treatment plan at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans could include:

  • Minimally invasive da Vinci® Surgical System robotic surgery to remove cancerous tissue
  • Intravesical (bladder) chemotherapy
  • Bladder reconstruction surgery
  • Systemic (whole body) chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy to strengthen your immunity

Most patients need a combination of treatments to fully recover from bladder cancer. Roughly 7 of 10 new cases of bladder cancer are caught early. In earlier stages, bladder cancer is highly treatable, although it can certainly recur, meaning you need to continue checking in with your urologist at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans.

If you have a risk of bladder cancer or need to start treatment, book an exam at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans either online or over the phone.