Bladder Cancer Specialist

Bladder cancer is a common type of cancer today, with about 79,000 new cases being diagnosed every year. The team at Urology Associates of South Florida in Boca Raton, Florida has the experience and skill needed to deal with bladder cancer effectively. Dr. Angelos N. Manganiotis offer a wide range of treatments including bladder resection, chemotherapy, anti-cancer medications, and other effective solutions for bladder cancer.

Bladder Cancer Q & A

What is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is a common type of cancer that develops when the cellular lining of the bladder begins growing rapidly out of control. The cancer can spread to the lymph nodes and tissues nearby, and in rare cases it can spread to other organs.

What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?

The most obvious symptom of bladder cancer typically is blood in the urine. Other common symptoms may include pain during urination, increased frequency of urination, and increased urge to urinate. The symptoms are the same as those of a much less serious issue, a urinary tract infection. Therefore, it's important to see Dr. Licht or Dr. Manganiotis as soon as symptoms are noticed.

What are the risk factors for bladder cancer?

The top bladder cancer risk factor is smoking, as smokers develop bladder cancer twice as often as non-smokers. Another risk factor is carcinogen exposure. This can occur in any environment where there are chemicals, from factories to hair salons.

How is a bladder cancer diagnosis made?

Several types of imaging, including ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, may be used in bladder cancer diagnosis. These scans allow Dr. Licht or Dr. Manganiotis to identify abnormalities in the bladder wall. A cystoscopy is a test that allows a closer look at any suspicious areas revealed during imaging. A biopsy can also be performed during a cystoscopy.

How is bladder cancer treated?

Options for treatment include:

  • Transurethral resection of a bladder tumor: this procedure is commonly done to remove bladder tumors while the patient is under anesthesia. The removed tumor tissue is then checked to identify the stage and grade of the cancer.
  • Intravesical therapy: this is a type of chemotherapy in which cancer-destroying medications are inserted in the bladder. Intravesical therapy may be used in combination with a transurethral resection of a bladder tumor, as it can prevent the tumors from returning.
  • Chemotherapy: chemotherapy is often used in cases where the cancer has spread. Chemotherapy may be done either before or after bladder removal surgery.
  • Bladder removal surgery: Bladder removal surgery typically is done only if transurethral resection of a bladder tumor and intravesical therapy aren't successful. When the bladder is surgically removed, Dr. Licht or Dr. Manganiotis typically use a portion of the small intestine to make a new path for urine to leave the kidneys.

Most Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Urology Associates of South Florida, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross
United Healthcare