When we refer to it as "invasive", we are using the shorthand for "muscle invasive". T1 is kind of in between "superficial" and "muscle invasive". I hate that superficial word also but I don't want to get too hung up on semantics.
While T1 is invasive into the into the submucosa, the submucosa is not muscle so it is therefore not "muscle invasive".
Should this be in the "Invasive Bladder Cancer" section of the forum instead of here in "Metastatic bladder cancer"?
9 years 11 months ago - 9 years 11 months ago#32541by Cynthia
Where as T1 has invaded the lining or the submucosa of the bladder it is usually listed under non invasive. I personally feel it should be listed under invasive or given its own classification so that the seriousness of it is not missed.
There is a very good diagram on this page showing the bladder and types of growth.
Tumors invading the bladder muscle (invasive bladder cancer)
In this case, bladder cancer has grown into the thick muscle of the bladder wall, but has not spread to the lymph nodes or distant organs.
I think your definition of invasive is incorrect. My cancer was invasive by the fact that it had grown in to the first layer of the bladder... not in to the muscle... I feel the description given may be misleading to those new to the subject...
Bladder Cancer is considered to be invasive if cancer cells have gone through the bladders lining and are present in the muscle.
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