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What is the bladder?

The urinary bladder, or the bladder, is a hollow organ present in the pelvis. Most of it lies behind the pubic bone of the pelvis but when full it can extend up into the lower part of the abdomen. Its primary function is to store urine that drains into it from the kidney through tube-like structures called the ureters. The ureters from both the kidneys open into the urinary bladder. The bladder forms a low-pressure reservoir which gradually stretches out as urine fills into it. In males, the prostate gland is located adjacent to the base of the bladder where urethra joins the bladder. From time to time, the muscular wall of the bladder contracts to expel urine through the urinary passage (urethra) into the outside world.

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Comment from: Kathy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

Two years ago I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. My left kidney was removed. After one year a tumor was discovered in my bladder. It was removed. Eight months later another was found. It was removed. Both tumors were low grade noninvasive. My doctor will be starting me on BCG treatments either today or sometime next week. Trying to have a positive attitude about it.

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Comment from: pahouillon, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: October 15

In 1996 my mother in law was diagnosed with bladder cancer in emergency room due to not being able to urinate. A golf ball sized tumor had invaded the bladder wall. Yale New Haven hospital removed her bladder, did a urostomy and she underwent chemotherapy. All was well until a year later the bladder cancer showed up in the brain. At the time only one percent of bladder cancers show up in the brain. Radiation and chemotherapy were administered. She had another good year and then it showed up in her lungs. Again she had chemotherapy to relieve the issue but was considered terminal and lived for another 10 months.

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