Are ALL bladder tumors cancer?

4 years 10 months ago #51549 by purrrkat
Are ALL bladder tumors cancer? was created by purrrkat
Greetings Friends,

I promise I will be more supportive and giving once I have a diagnosis and some experience to share, but for now I have another question.

My urologist said that he feels 50/50 that the lesion he saw in my bladder is malignant. And yet, from everything I'm reading on the Internet (yeah, I should probably stop that) ALL bladder tumors are malignant, it's just a question of stage and grade.

And yet I read on this very forum cases is people having lesions that appear to be recurrence but turn out benign.

What is correct? Are all initial tumors malignant, and perhaps subsequent growths just erupt from irritation from treatment?

Thanks all. You're awesome (yeah, I'm a California girl)

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4 years 10 months ago #51550 by Jack R
Replied by Jack R on topic Are ALL bladder tumors cancer?
Purrcat,

"The terms tumor and cancer are sometimes used interchangeably which can be misleading. A tumor is not necessarily a cancer. The word tumor simply refers to a mass. For example, a collection of fluid would meet the definition of a tumor. A cancer is a particularly threatening type of tumor. It is helpful to keep these distinctions clear when discussing a possible cancer diagnosis.

"The term cancer specifically refers to a new growth which has the ability to invade surrounding tissues, metastasize (spread to other organs) and which may eventually lead to the patient's death if untreated."

The above from a Johns Hopkins pamphlet.

Keep reading and keep learning learning. Keep a list of general questions for here, and specific to your situation questions for your care team.

As you read, you should keep seeing the statement that, "Bladder cancer, diagnosed early, is highly treatable with good outcomes."

50/50 means it could go either way. Malignant or not malignant. If it is malignant your care team will will work to eradicate the cancer or control the risk of it invading surrounding tissues.

Keep reading, stay on top of all the reports so you can make informed decisions.

Best
Jack

6/2015 HG Papillary & CIS
3 Years and 30 BCG/BCG+Inf
Tis CIS comes back.
BC clear as of 5/17 !
RCC found in my one & only kidney 10/17
Begin Chemo; Cisplatin and Gemzar
8/18 begin Chemo# 3
Begin year 4 with cis
2/19 Chemo #4
9/19 NED again :)
1/2020 CIS is back
Tried Keytruda, stopped by side effects
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