Bladder Cancer Overview

Early detection improves success

Bladder cancer is the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. and the 4th most common cancer found in men. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 80,470 new cases of bladder cancer in the U.S. for 2019  ̶  about 61,700 in men and 18,770 in women.

Cancer occurs when cells in the bladder grow out of control. Most tumors develop on the inner layer of the bladder; however, some grow into the deeper layers. As cancer grows into the bladder wall, it becomes harder to treat.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s bladder cancer specialists are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care for patients with bladder cancer.

Our board-certified, fellowship-trained specialists provide the most advanced technologies and techniques available in the Kansas City region. Your multidisciplinary bladder cancer care team will include surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists. Together, the team will coordinate your care to ensure you receive the combination of treatments best suited to you and your particular type of disease.

Coordination of care

Our bladder cancer experts are part of a multidisciplinary care team dedicated to providing you with the best care possible. The team includes:

  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Surgical oncologists
  • Cytopathologists
  • Urologists
  • Radiologists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Nurse navigators
  • Nurses

U.S. News & World Report ranks our cancer care on its Best Hospitals lists. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is 1 of 71 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers nationwide. Studies show that NCI-designated cancer centers achieve patient outcomes that are 25% better than those of other centers.

Comprehensive care

We work closely with patients to develop a comprehensive care plan to treat their cancer and tailor it to other health issues they may have, such as heart condition, diabetes or even pregnancy. This calls for integrative care  ̶  the ability to pull together a team of experts from various fields  ̶  which we do seamlessly.

Our bladder cancer specialists meet weekly at a tumor conference, where they discuss your care and compare it to national guidelines. They discuss every patient’s treatment as a team to stay up to date on your care and treatment.

We can provide leading-edge care close to home, at one of our many cancer center locations, and we actively research and develop new and effective treatments for bladder cancer through clinical trials.

Clinical trials

We encourage our patients to take part in clinical research trials. Many of these studies are initiated by our own bladder cancer investigators, who design and implement the research as we work to provide the most advanced bladder cancer care. Through these trials, we evaluate potential new ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating bladder cancer.

To Make an Appointment:
Call: 913-588-1227
Toll free call: 844-323-1227

Referring Physicians:
Toll free call: 877-588-5862