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Bladder cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the bladder. The bladder is a hollow organ in the lower part of the abdomen. It is shaped like a small balloon and has a muscular wall that allows it to get larger or smaller. The bladder stores urine until it is passed out of the body. Urine is the liquid waste that is made by the kidneys when they clean the
This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http://cancer.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.Bladder and Other Urothelial Cancers Screening
What is a suprapubic catheter?A suprapubic catheter is a thin, sterile tube used to drain urine from your bladder when you cannot urinate. This type of catheter is used if you aren't able to use a catheter that is inserted into the urethra. The urethra carries urine from the bladder out of the body.Your doctor inserts the catheter into the bladder through a cut (incision) in your lower belly, just above the pubic bone.When the catheter is in the bladder, a small balloon is inflated to keep the catheter in place. The urine drains from the bladder into a bag that is usually attached to the thigh. Sometimes the catheter tube has a valve that lets you drain the urine into the toilet or other container. You may need this type of catheter if you have nerve damage or if you have problems with your bladder or urethra.How long you have the catheter depends on why you have it. Many people need it for long periods of time. Having a catheter for a long time increases the risk of getting a urinary
Treatment of recurrent bladder cancer depends on previous treatment and where the cancer has recurred. Treatment for recurrent bladder cancer may include the following: Surgery. Chemotherapy. Radiation therapy. A clinical trial of chemotherapy. This summary section refers to specific treatments under study in clinical trials,but it may not mention every new treatment being studied. ...