Q. My father is found to have bladder cancer. How do we know the cancer stage?

Answered by
Dr. Samer Samer Juma Ali Altawil
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 27, 2021

Hi doctor,

My father found out he has bladder cancer. It was confirmed today with a scope. The doctor said most tumors look like polyps, but in his case, it was different in shape. I have attached an image of what my dad said it looked like when he glanced at it. The doctor also said it looks pretty aggressive. Can you tell me what we are likely dealing with? He gets his CT scan this Thursday.



Welcome to

Thanks a lot for consulting.

This picture shows classical, transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity).

Management is by resection and staging CT scan, then the decision on the treatment can be taken.

Bladder cancer is usually aggressive and should be treated as soon as possible.

Sometimes after initial resection, there will be re-resection all depends on the historical result for the first resection histological result.

Prognosis and follow-up will also depend on histology.

Hello doctor,

What are some signs to know that it is has gone to stage 4? We are not getting the CT scan till Thursday, and I am so scared of that stage.



Welcome back to

There are different stagings.

One is pathological staging which we can see on histology of the resected tissue. The other one is radiological staging on the CT scan stage 4 means the disease has gone to invade surrounding tissues like the rectum or even body wall and spread to liver bones and lymph nodes. So classically person could have yellow discoloration of eyes, constant bone pain, and weight loss significantly if CT scan will be done on Thursday no issues. If you have any more queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

You can update me after the CT scan results.

Kind regards.

Was this answer helpful?


Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Related Questions:
Maintenance drugs in kidney carcinoma patient has been stopped. What is your opinion?

His potassium levels were high too and ESR was 120, lymphocytes were low ... He was advised to rush to a nephrologist because his creatinine was 37 and his HB was 7...   Read full

Biopsy report shows carcinoma of urinary bladder. Please suggest a treatment.

.. is showing transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the urinary bladder (cancer of urinary bladder). In biopsy report, there is no comment on muscle involvement. That means we need to know whether the tumor is superficial or deep (involving muscle) al...   Read full

I am a 40-year-old non-smoker woman with hematuria. Do you think I have a bladder cancer?

On the next day, I took a urine test and analysis ... After getting a smell in my urine, I started to drink a lot of water for a couple of days and I frequently urinated for the next two days ......   Read full

Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

Monkeypox Virus - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Complications, and Prevention
Monkeypox is a zoonotic viral disease. This virus got its name as it was first noticed in laboratory monkeys in the late...  Read more»
Tomato Fever - Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Tomato fever is an unidentified and fast-spreading type of viral infection seen in young children. Scroll down to know m...  Read more»
Histrionic Personality Disorder - Causes, Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Histrionic personality disorder causes variations in the thinking ability of a person. Read this article to know more.  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask an Urologist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.