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Bladder Cancer Treatment in Washington

Offices in Tacoma, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Federal Way, & Bonney Lake

As with other forms of cancer, bladder cancer is a product of a mutation within the cells that make up the bladder’s tissue. This mutation typically results in the formation of a cancerous tumor, which can be difficult to detect early on since there is no way to view the internal structure of the bladder without imaging tests such as an MRI.

Types of Bladder Cancer

There are a variety of bladder cancers that an individual may encounter. The primary difference between these multiple types lies in the specific origin of the cancer. For example, bladder cancer that begins within the muscle cells is not the same as cancer that exists within the lining of the bladder.

The most common form of bladder cancer is known as urothelial carcinoma. This cellular mutation can affect not only the lining of the bladder but also of the ureter and the urethra. Other variations of this condition include:

  • Sarcoma
  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Small cell carcinoma

What Are the Symptoms of Bladder Cancer?

Unfortunately, the early signs of bladder cancer are not always very clear, which is why you should remain especially vigilant should the following symptoms occur:

  • Frequent urination
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain with urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain in the lower back

One of the best ways to catch bladder cancer in its earliest stages, potentially even before patients begin to notice its symptoms, is to complete a regular yearly physical. These standard examinations often require patients to provide a urine sample, which can alert our specialists of any abnormalities such as blood in the urine.

Treatment for Bladder Cancer

Due to the unique nature of each patient and their type of bladder cancer, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. However, these patients will typically select one or more of the following treatment options:

  • Surgical removal of the bladder cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Intravesical therapy

When you schedule a consultation with Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC they will be able to individually evaluate your case and provide comprehensive treatment options that are unique to you. Contact the location closest to you today to schedule an appointment.

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 NOTICE

Important COVID 19  Information for patients of Northwest Medical Specialties

November 16, 2020 Update

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During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

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If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control