Bladder Cancer Specialist

Bluewater Urology Associates

Urologists located in Orange Park, FL

In approximately seven in 10 cases diagnosed, bladder cancer is still in its early stages and is highly treatable. As one of the leading urology experts in northeast Florida, Mary Ann Kenneson, MD, at Bluewater Urology Associates in Orange Park, Florida, is the only urologist in the area performing the most advanced, minimally invasive robotic procedures available. Call Bluewater Urology Associates today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about bladder cancer and the treatments available.

Bladder Cancer Q & A

Bluewater Urology Associates

What is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer usually begins in the cells lining the inside of your bladder, but it can develop in other areas of your urinary tract. There are several types of bladder cancer, but the most common is urothelial carcinoma.

Also known as transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), urothelial carcinoma starts in the cells lining the inside of your bladder. These cells are also present in the area where your kidney connects to the ureter as well as in the ureters and your urethra.

Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States, affecting approximately 68,000 people annually.

What causes bladder cancer?

Cancer develops in the bladder when cells mutate and begin growing abnormally. While bladder cancer can occur without an obvious cause, common factors include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Parasitic infections
  • Radiation exposure
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Chronic bladder inflammation

Men are at higher risk of developing bladder cancer, especially if they’re Caucasian and over 40 years of age.

What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?

The most common symptom of bladder cancer is hematuria, or blood in the urine. Additional symptoms and indications of bladder cancer often include:

  • Pain when urinating
  • Pain in your back or pelvis
  • The need to urinate frequently

When detected early, bladder cancer responds very well to treatment. As it grows into the layers of the bladder or spreads beyond its walls, bladder cancer becomes more advanced and difficult to treat.

How is bladder cancer treated?

Dr. Kenneson is one of the leading urology experts in northeast Florida and offers a variety of treatment options based on your diagnosis and the extent of your cancer. These might include

chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgical treatments like cystectomy that remove portions of or the entire bladder.

If surgery is part of your bladder cancer treatment strategy, Dr. Kenneson is the only urologist in the area performing robotic-assisted procedures on men and women. This specialized technology uses the world’s most advanced surgical robot, da Vinci® Surgery, and enables her to offer the most minimally invasive surgical treatments possible.

Call Bluewater Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online to learn more about bladder cancer treatment.