None of us want to hear the word ‘cancer’ from our doctor, but when we do, our worries know no bounds.

While only a counsellor, your loved ones, and you would be able to give yourself the moral strength and support to fight cancer, the help we can offer is financial support to fund your treatment.

Crowdfunding has, for a decade now, been the first option chosen by millions of people to fund their causes which require unthinkably huge sums of money. With this method of raising money, you should aim for the best treatment there is, because your body deserves nothing less.

One of those cancers which can be diagnosed early is bladder cancer. If you or any of your loved ones are diagnosed with bladder cancer, you need this article where we will be discussing the most common symptoms and the treatment options for bladder cancer.

Some of the common symptoms include:

Blood in Urine

Blood in the urine (called hematuria) is often the first sign of bladder cancer. Blood may be present one day and absent the next, but if a person has bladder cancer, blood eventually reappears.

Please note that blood in the urine does not always indicate bladder cancer. More often it is caused by other things like an infection, benign tumors, kidney or bladder, or other benign kidney diseases. Let crowdfunding raise the funds for your treatment and focus on your health. Do not be afraid to see the best doctor to get rid of your diseases fast.

Irritation or Other Changes in Bowel Habits

Changes in urination caused by bladder cancer include:

  • Having to urinate more often
  • Pain or burning sensation during urination
  • Feeling as if you need to urinate right away, even when the bladder is not full
  • Having trouble urinating or having a weak urine stream

These symptoms are more often than not caused by a urinary tract infection(UTI), bladder stones, an overactive bladder, or, for men, an enlarged prostate. Still, it’s important to have them checked by a doctor so that the cause can be diagnosed and treated.

Some symptoms of advanced stages of bladder cancer

  • Being unable to urinate
  • Lower back pain on one side
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Swelling in the feet
  • Bone pain

What are the treatment options?

The kind of treatment your doctor decides for you depends on the extent of the cancer.

Early Bladder Cancer:

-trans-urethral removal of bladder tumour

-chemotherapy using a flexible tube (catheter) into the bladder

-BCG using a catheter into the bladder, also called intravesical BCG

-electrically stimulated chemotherapy

-chemotherapy drug mitomycin C into your bladder while a small microwave probe heats up your bladder wall (Hyperthermia with mitomycin C)

-removal of the bladder (cystectomy)

Invasive Bladder Cancer

(the cancer cells have spread beyond the inner lining of the bladder and into the muscle layer)

-surgery (having your bladder removed, and a new way of passing urine made)

-radiotherapy (using high energy waves to kill the cancer cells in your bladder)

-chemotherapy (anti-cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. It can be done before or during radiotherapy, or before or after surgery)

-chemo radiotherapy

Locally Advanced Bladder Cancer

(the cancer has grown through the bladder wall or has spread only to lymph nodes)

-removing the bladder and lymph nodes, or radiotherapy to the bladder and lymph nodes, may cure this cancer for some people. These treatments are followed by chemotherapy.

Stop ignoring your symptoms and gambling with your health. Crowdfunding in India will ensure that you treat your cancer in the most reputed research centre. So if you are facing most of the above symptoms, make an appointment with the best doctor today!

By Skyler West

Piper Skyler West: Piper, a sports medicine expert, shares advice on injury prevention, athletic performance, and sports health tips.