Bladder Cancer Specialist

Fog City Urology

Urologists located in Duboce Triangle, San Francisco, CA

Although the symptoms could point to many conditions, pelvic pain, painful urination, or blood in the urine are also indicators of bladder cancer. Early detection may allow for more success with treatment. Dr. Raul Hernandez and Dr. Brian Grady at Fog City Urology in Duboce Triangle, San Francisco, offer the latest technology in bladder cancer detection with Blue Light Cystoscopy (BLC™) with Cysview®. If you live in the Bay Area and have concerns about bladder cancer, call the office or book an appointment online.

Bladder Cancer Q & A

Fog City Urology

What is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer usually starts in the cells that line the inside of your bladder. It’s a common cancer, and it affects men more than women.

Seven out of every 10 cases of bladder cancer are caught during the early stages. Early detection increases your success rate with treatment.

However, even if you’ve caught your cancer early and had successful treatment, bladder cancer may recur, so you need regular follow-ups for several years of monitoring.

What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?

Symptoms of bladder cancer include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Blood in your urine
  • Pelvic or back pain
  • Frequent urination

Symptoms of bladder cancer may be a sign of a number of medical issues, but blood in your urine is the most common. Getting an early evaluation when you experience symptoms may reduce complications.

What are the risk factors for bladder cancer?

Factors that might increase your risk of developing bladder cancer include:

  • Age, with the risk increasing as you get older
  • Gender, with men at an increased risk
  • Caucasian
  • Smoker
  • Frequent bladder infections
  • History of bladder cancer

Exposure to certain chemicals, such as dyes, leather, or rubber, may also increase your risk of developing bladder cancer.

What is BLC with Cysview?

BLC™ with Cysview® is an advanced procedure approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for detecting bladder cancer. Cysview is a liquid that uses a bright blue color to highlight areas of the bladder that might indicate cancer.

What can I expect during BLC with Cysview?

Dr. Hernandez or Dr. Grady begin the procedure by delivering less than 2 ounces of the Cysview liquid into your bladder an hour before the cystoscopy, a special procedure that allows the doctor to see your bladder.

During the cystoscopy, Dr. Hernandez or Dr. Grady examine your bladder under white light, then switches to a blue light, which allows the doctor to distinctly see any cancerous lesions. If lesions are detected, a biopsy is recommended to confirm a diagnosis before starting treatment.

If you have concerns about bladder cancer, call the office or book an appointment online.

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