Bladder Cancer

Leading bladder cancer treatment in San Diego

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Leading bladder cancer treatment in San Diego

Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center is a leader in caring for people with bladder cancer. Our oncology specialists treat bladder cancer with advanced therapies designed to eliminate cancer and prevent recurrence, including minimally invasive surgery that uses small incisions, potentially resulting in shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery, and immunotherapy to harness the power of the body’s own immune system.


Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews every patient’s care plan to ensure you receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.

About bladder cancer

Bladder cancer is a type of genitourinary cancer that starts in the bladder, a hollow, muscular organ where urine is stored until it leaves the body.


About 5 percent of all new cancers in the United States are bladder cancers. It’s the fourth most common cancer among men, affecting about 1 in 26 men during their lifetime. Women have a 1 in 88 chance of developing bladder cancer.


As with other genitourinary cancers — such as prostate, testicular and kidney cancer — when detected early, bladder cancer has a higher likelihood of successful treatment.

Bladder cancer symptoms, diagnosis and stages

As with most cancers, the earlier bladder cancer is found, the greater the likelihood of treatment being successful. In its early stages, bladder cancer may cause blood in the urine or other urinary symptoms, but it generally does not cause pain. Learn more about bladder cancer symptoms, diagnostic testing and stages below.

Treatment and clinical trials

When you’ve been diagnosed with bladder cancer, you want a team of expert cancer specialists on your side. Scripps MD Anderson's multidisciplinary oncology teams fight bladder cancer using the latest evidence-based treatments and therapies. Surgery is part of nearly every bladder cancer treatment plan, and whenever possible, Scripps surgeons will use advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques to minimize your discomfort, hospital stay and recovery time.

Bladder cancer treatment locations

Scripps diagnoses and treats bladder cancer at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of cancer care centers includes:


  • Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Specialty cancer treatment centers


Learn more about our gamut of cancer care locations in Southern California and the services offered at each. 

Support groups, services and resources

Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup of support groups, support services and resources to help you along every step of your cancer journey.