Bladder cancer is a cancer of older people with nearly 90% of those afflicted with the disease over the age of 55. Men are nearly 3 times more likely than women to develop bladder cancer (1 in 26 for men versus 1 in 84 for women). Despite an increased incidence, the rate of people dying from bladder cancer has declined, and there are more than 500,000 survivors in the United States. *
Washington University urologists are experts in the treatment of bladder cancer. They work with other specialists at the Siteman Cancer Center to offer a multi-disciplinary approach that combines surgery, radiation treatment and chemotherapy – when needed – to treat the cancer. They also offer construction of a “neobladder,” in which a new bladder is surgically fashioned to replace the cancerous bladder. Washington University urologists can perform this procedure as an open, laparoscopic or robotic surgery.
More information on bladder cancer treatment at Siteman Cancer Center.
More information about bladder cancer from National Cancer Institute.
*Source: American Cancer Society