Bladder cancer is a cancerous tumor in the bladder -- the organ that holds urine.
Wake Forest Baptist Approach
The chance of a man developing bladder cancer at any time during his life is about one in 27 and for a woman, one in 85. It is the fourth most common cancer in men.
Wake Forest Baptist takes a team approach to care with surgeons, medical oncologists, interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists working together to determine the best options for each patient.
The Department of Urology is the point of entry for patients with bladder cancer. For convenience and ease of access, Urology has easy parking and is located just minutes from Business 40. The facility offers endoscopic procedures, CT scans, ultrasound and lab studies all in one location.
Wake Forest Baptist is one of a few centers in the country offering robotic surgery for cancer of the bladder. In addition, our urologic surgeons have extensive experience in using bowel to create a “new” bladder in cases where the diseased organ must be removed. They are experts in continent cutaneous urinary diversion, avoiding a stoma and appliance, in men and women. In addition, nerve-sparing techniques are routinely employed to improve postoperative sexual function.
In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that a multi-pronged approach offers the best outcomes for bladder cancer. Our urologists work in concert with colleagues at the Comprehensive Cancer Center to develop a treatment plan that may include chemotherapy and radiation.