What You Need To Know About™ Bladder Cancer

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This booklet is about cancer that starts in the bladder. Most Americans with bladder cancer have a type called transitional cell cancer (TCC). This booklet is about TCC of the bladder.

TCC begins in the cells on the surface of the inner lining of the bladder. These cells are called transitional cells. They are able to stretch when the bladder is full and shrink when it’s emptied.

The booklets in the What You Need To Know About™ Cancer series will be retired on June 1, 2018. You can find accurate and up-to-date information about over 100 cancer types in the PDQ® cancer treatment information summaries for patients.

NCI’s Contact Center can help you find information about many types of cancer. Reach our information specialists by phone, chat, or email.

Learning about medical care for your cancer can help you take an active part in making choices about your care. This booklet covers:

  • How bladder cancer is diagnosed
  • Treatment options for people with bladder cancer, including taking part in research studies
  • Rehabilitation after surgery

This booklet has lists of questions that may help you talk with your doctor. Many people find it helpful to take a list of questions to a doctor visit.

The information in this booklet was last updated in August 2010.