What are the Symptoms of Bladder Cancer and Carcinoma in Situ?

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger, a fellowship trained urologic oncologist in New York City who specializes in treatment of bladder cancer says: “often the symptoms of bladder cancer are not specific as similar symptoms occur with many other conditions such as urinary tract infections, cystitis, overactive bladder and enlarged prostate in men. As a result bladder cancer is often diagnosed with a significant delay.

Certainly presence of bloody urine visible to the eye or microscopic hematuria in patients at risk for bladder cancer in particular tobacco smokers, and men and women who over age 40 with microscopic hematuria or the following symptoms do not improve after initial treatment of a presumed diagnosis such as UTI or overactive bladder should seek a prompt urological evaluation.”

Typical symptoms associated with bladder cancer but can also be closed by many other conditions are:

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  • frequent urination
  • Urge to urinate with inability to hold urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Pelvic pain
  • Malaise weakness weight loss
  • flank and back pain or vague discomfort
  • Renal insufficiency with hydronephrosis


Early diagnosis of bladder cancer is essential for chance for cure.




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