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Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is a type of cancer that begins in your bladder - a balloon-shaped organ in the pelvic region that stores urine. Bladder cancer is most often found in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. More than 500,000 people in the United States are survivors of this cancer.

There are four main types of cancer that affect the bladder:

  • Transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) (also called urothelial carcinoma) - 95 percent are TCC. (Rarely, fewer than five percent, other types of bladder cancer occur)
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Small cell carcinoma


The type of bladder cancer you have will affect your treatment options. Learn more about treatment options.

Award-winning care

Legacy ranks among the nation's top cancer programs and has received multiple quality awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer.

You're not alone

At the Legacy Cancer Institute we offer services to support every aspect of your treatment including your physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Our personalized support services begin with our nurse navigators. They will help you throughout your treatment, from knowing what to expect to finding the right support services and helping you manage symptoms and treatment side effects.

Contact a nurse navigator here.

Our providers

Michael Kaempf, MD, Urologist and Surgeon
Bruce Lowe, MD, Urologist and Surgeon
Gregory McCoy, MD, Urologist and Surgeon
Sajal Dutta, MD, Urologist and Surgeon
Michael Gardner, MD, Urologist and Surgeon