100 Questions & Answers About Bladder Cancer, Second Edition by Pamela Ellsworth

By Pamela Ellsworth

No matter if you are a newly clinically determined bladder melanoma sufferer, a survivor, or a pal or relative of both, this publication bargains aid. The thoroughly up-to-date and revised a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Bladder melanoma, moment variation grants authoritative, sensible solutions on your questions about present healing procedures, post-treatment caliber of existence, coping innovations, resources of aid, and masses extra. Written by means of a well-liked urologist, with "insider" recommendation from genuine sufferers, this publication is a useful source for an individual dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this scary ailment.

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QXP 7/2/10 2:08 PM Page 30 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT BLADDER CANCER Cystitis Inflammation of the bladder; may be related to a bacterial infection, viral infection, radiation, or other bladder irritants. conditions all can cause hematuria. Men with large prostates who strain to void may get bleeding because of rupture of small veins in the prostate. Occasionally, long-distance runners can develop hematuria, presumably because of bladder irritation from the repetitive bouncing. Also, patients who have had pelvic radiation to treat other cancers may develop radiation cystitis.

These can all be signs of serious depression, and you should discuss this with your doctor immediately. Sometimes, when faced with such potentially overwhelming situations, you may need some assistance to help you gain control of your life again and make the decisions that you will need to make regarding your treatment. Never be afraid to ask for help. 29. What does the tumor grade mean? Low grade Cancer that does not appear aggressive. High grade Very advanced cancer cells. 38 The pathologist grades a tumor based on how the cells look under the microscope.

It often involves physical examination, blood testing, and X-ray studies. TNM A specialized cancerstaging system that assesses the extent of cancer in the organ the cancer developed in, the lymph nodes, and surrounding/ distant tissues/organs. QXP 7/2/10 2:08 PM Page 42 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT BLADDER CANCER that I had and kept it in my purse. A few months later, I showed it to my son, who looked it up for me. As it turns out, it is pretty good, as much as any of this is good. (S. , 68 years old) 31.

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