Bladder Cancer

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For people with bladder cancer — as well as cancers of the prostate, kidneys and testicles — the Swedish Cancer Institute's nationally recognized genitourinary cancer program offers the services of a renowned team of physicians, surgeons and other specialists.

All Swedish bladder-cancer patients benefit from a comprehensive approach to care that begins with state-of-the-art imaging techniques and features the latest treatments and a wide range of high-quality support services.

Bladder Cancer

The wall of the bladder is lined with several layers of cells called transitional cells. Cancer arising from these cells makes up 90 percent of all bladder cancers – and are referred to as transitional cell carcinomas. The most common sign of bladder cancer is blood in the urine, with other signs including pain during urination and frequent urination. 


Individualized treatment plan may include a combination of the following treatments:

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Research and Clinical Trials

If your physician believes you are a good candidate to participate in a clinical trial evaluating a new treatment or more effective combinations of treatments — and you agree — you will have access to the very latest in research treatments.

At any given time, the Swedish Cancer Institute offers patients more than 140 clinical-research studies involving most types of cancers.  Additionally, our physician specialists collaborate with other regional and national research groups, including  Southwest Oncology Group, National Cancer Institute, Puget Sound Oncology Consortium and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Education and Support for Patients and Families

Beyond physical health, the Swedish Cancer Institute is committed to the emotional well-being of our patients and their families. We offer:

Complementary therapies include:

See Patient Support and Resources and Services for the Body, Mind and Spirit at Swedish.

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