Actos Bladder Cancer Stages
Getting a bladder cancer diagnosis is difficult, especially if you discover it may be connected to the Actos-containing medicines you've taken to control your blood sugar. But now that you're aware, its time to ask about your cancer's stage and grade – the key to your treatment and cure.
Because everyone's bladder cancer has different characteristics, your pathologist will analyze your biopsy tissue to determine its individual attributes so your oncologists can design a treatment that's as unique as your cancer.
Pathologists will stage your cancer – which means they'll determine how deeply embedded it is in the surrounding tissue. They'll also grade your tumor – a rating of how aggressively it is growing.
Both will help your doctors determine how you'll be treated, whether you'll likely experience a recurrence and what your chances are for a full recovery. (See Bladder cancer prognosis.)
The following stages are used to describe bladder cancer:
- Stage 0 – cancer cells are confined to the surface of the bladder's lining.
- Stage I – cancer growing into the lining, but not into the muscles beyond it.
- Stage II – cancer growing into the bladder's muscle wall.
- Stage III – cancer growing through the muscles and into nearby tissues.
- Stage IV – cancer spreading into the lymph nodes and to distant parts of the body.
Biopsies also determine the cancer's grade – low, medium or high – to describe how aggressively it's growing.
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If you're facing a bladder cancer diagnosis and you'd like more information about bladder cancer staging and grading, don't hesitate to request a free copy of 100 Questions & Answers About Bladder Cancer today! This patient guide will provide you with a road map to bladder cancer treatment.