Bladder cancer may not cause symptoms. If you have any, don’t think it's because of cancer. Many of them are caused by other, less serious conditions such as
urinary tract infections. But, it's still important to talk about them with your doctor. Finding and treating the cause early will improve your chances for a cure.
Blood in the Urine
The most common symptom of bladder cancer is
blood in the urine. The urine may look brown, rusty, or it may have clots you can see. Often, bloody urine appears one day and disappears another. This doesn't mean there's not a problem or that it goes away. Anytime you see blood in the urine, even if there's no pain, you should call your doctor.
Irritation can cause problems that interfere with how the bladder works. Irritation may cause:
Pain or burning when passing urine
Problems holding urine
Blocked flow, which may appear as:
Decreased force of stream
Stream that stops and starts
Feeling like the bladder didn't empty all the way
Later Stage Symptoms
Later stages of cancer may cause:
Feeling a pelvic mass
Pain in the belly, lower back, or side caused by pressure on nearby nerves
Loss of hunger
Swelling in the legs and feet because of fluid buildup
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General information about bladder cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/types/bladder/patient/about-bladder-cancer-pdq. Updated May 3, 2018. Accessed August 3, 2018.
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