How Long Will You Live If You Have Bladder Cancer?

Is there pain with bladder cancer?

Early-stage bladder cancer doesn’t usually cause pain or other symptoms besides bleeding.

But blood in the urine doesn’t always mean there is a tumor in the bladder.

It’s more likely to be caused by a less serious condition, such as an infection.

Changes in urination may be another early sign of bladder cancer..

How long can you live with untreated bladder cancer?

For a person with stage 4 bladder cancer, the 5-year relative survival rate is around 5 percent. This means that the person is 5 percent as likely as someone without cancer to live for a minimum of 5 years after diagnosis.

Does bladder cancer spread quickly?

High grade bladder cancer is likely to grow and spread quickly and become life threatening. High-grade cancers often need to be treated with chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Low-grade cancers appear non-aggressive and have a low chance of becoming high grade.

What is the best treatment for bladder cancer?

Chemotherapy followed by radical cystectomy (removal of the bladder and nearby lymph nodes) is then the standard treatment. Partial cystectomy is rarely an option for stage III cancers. Chemotherapy (chemo) before surgery (with or without radiation) can shrink the tumor, which may make surgery easier.

Does bladder cancer go away?

For other people, bladder cancer might never go away completely or might come back in another part of the body. Some people may get regular treatment with chemotherapy , immunotherapy, or other treatments to try to keep the cancer in check.

Is bladder cancer curable if caught early?

Most bladder cancers are diagnosed at an early stage, when the cancer is highly treatable. But even early-stage bladder cancers can come back after successful treatment. For this reason, people with bladder cancer typically need follow-up tests for years after treatment to look for bladder cancer that recurs.