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Bladder Cancer
(OC001)

Introduction


Bladder cancer is the fifth most common cancer in men and the seventh in women with an annual incidence of approximately 18 cases per 100,000 in the United States. Bladder cancer is three times more common in men than in women and primarily affects older persons with 80% of cases in the 50-79 year age group.

When found and treated early, the chances of survival are very good with a five-year survival rate for early bladder cancer approximating 94%.

There are several different types of bladder cancer. Of all bladder cancers, 75% are superficial at the time of diagnosis. However, some types may spread through the lining of the bladder and invade its muscular wall. This is known as invasive bladder cancer. Invasive cancer may extend through the bladder wall and spread to nearby organs. Common sites of distant metastasis include the brain, bone, and lung.

The choice of treatment depends on the stage of the disease, the presence of other medical conditions, and the person's preferences. Treatment usually consists of a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy.

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