Bladder Cancer Website
How Mitosis Works
Bladder Cancer. You may not understand why this happened or how it happened, but I will explain it to you. First of all you need to know what mitosis is. Mitosis is the process of dividing cells. All it takes is one normal cell to turn into a cancerous cell. This could happen because you could of been exposed to dangerous chemicals, or maybe you do drugs such as smoking, or maybe it runs in the family. But, just one cancerous cell can cause all kind of problems. Cancer cells go through mitosis three times as fast as a normal mitosis cycle. This can result in tumors and the cancer can spread. I hope you understand how this works, but don't worry, be happy.
More information about mitosis (Cell Cycle Prezi) @ bottom of the page
Symptoms or Signs of Bladder Cancer
There are also some symptoms of bladder cancer. Even if you don't have these symptoms, you still could have bladder cancer.
- Blood or blood clots in urine
- Pain or burning during urination
- Frequent urination
- Feeling the need to urinate many times throughout the night
- Feeling the need to urinate, but not being able to pass urine
- Lower back pain on lower side of the body
Type of Cancer
- What kind of cancer do I have? You have bladder cancer, but you could have bladder cancer in your liver, brain, and skin, but your cancer is named after where it originates.
- Why does my cancer keep growing? Well cancer cells can't die so they start to create a tumor. Cancer cells go through the cell cycle three times faster than normal cells. But, don’t worry, cancer can go away, and cancer is treatable.
- What does metastasize mean? That means that your cancer could spread to other parts of the body. This happens if you are a Stage IV.
- What treatment options are there? Transurethral bladder tumor resection, Cystectomy, Urinary diversion, chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, and radiation therapy.
How Treatment Options Work
- How do my treatments work? : Transurethral bladder tumor resection inserts a cystoscope, removes bladder with a laser or small wire loop. You are given medications so you wouldn't feel any pain. Cystectomy: takes out bladder and maybe nearby tissues and organs. Urinary diversion: In result of a cystectomy, you would have to urinate differently; have a urine bag on the outside of your body. Chemotherapy: chemicals to destroy cancer cells usually by stopping ability to grow and divide. Surgery: removal of tumor and surrounding tissue. Immunotherapy: boosts body's natural defense to fight cancer. Radiation therapy: It destroys cancer cells. It is similar to chemotherapy.
- What is my remission? Remission is when the cancer has stopped growing, shrunk, or disappeared. Your cancer can go in remission, there is always a chance.
- What are my chances of survival? Stage 0: 98%, Stage I: 88%, Stage II: 63%, Stage III: 46%, Stage IV: 15%. But don’t worry. Even if you had 1% chance, you just need to have hope. There is always a chance, even in the most slim chances.
So yes, you have bladder cancer. Just remember that some treatments and surgeries could buy you the minute, that buys you an hour, that buys you a month, that buys you a year, that buys you a life.