Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is a type of cancer that forms in the tissue of the bladder, the balloon-shaped organ in the pelvis that stores urine after it passes from the kidneys. Roughly 95 percent of bladder cancers form in the cells lining the inside of the bladder and are known as transitional cell carcinomas. Common symptoms are blood in the urine or painful urination, but those can be symptoms of other issues, such as infection. Bladder cancer typically is diagnosed in an early stage, when it is easier to treat and before spreading to other areas of the body. It tends to recur, though, so anyone diagnosed with bladder cancer usually requires monitoring for many years afterward.


The UAB Department of Urology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the genitourinary tract, which includes both the urinary and reproductive systems. This multidisciplinary team of urologists, nurse practitioners, radiation and medical oncologists, and urology nurses and technicians work together to provide the most accurate diagnoses and effective treatment options available for male and female adult and pediatric patients. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UAB’s urology program among the top 50 of its kind in the nation, and it is widely recognized for delivering excellent genitourinary (GU) cancer care.

The physicians and surgeons who staff the UAB Department of Urology are subspecialists in their areas of expertise. Most faculty members have completed fellowships in addition to conventional urology training, including extensive training in GU cancer, kidney stone disease, male infertility, pediatric urology, and female urology. UAB Urology specialists are members of the American Board of Urology, the American Urological Association, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, the Society of Urologic Oncology, the Society of Female Urology and Urodynamics, and the American Medical Association, among others.

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UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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