Real Men Wear Gowns: Living with bladder cancer

RMWG: Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer among men, but if caught early, it is treatable.

"I felt pretty confident that we were going to whip this thing, and we did," said 70-year-old Arthur Dietel.

He found out that he had bladder cancer three years ago. What tipped him off? "A stinging sensation in my urine. No blood. Nothing. I just went to the family doctor," he said.

Some of the symptoms of bladder cancer include back pain, pelvic pain, pain while urinating, having to urinate often, and the most common, blood in the urine.

"Not every symptom that would suggest you have bleeding would mean you have bladder cancer, but at least when you have bleeding in the urine, it should lead to an investigation to find out what caused the bleeding," said UT Medicine Oncologist Dr. Deva Mahalingam.

"Getting to the urologist or understanding the signs and symptoms; that's the importance of seeing your doctor regularly so you can be educated about warning signs," said University Health System physician Dr. Patrick Pierre.

Dietel said it took some time to get accustomed to not having a bladder.

"I have an outside bag on myself, and that was probably the hardest thing for me to get used to. It's taking me a little time to get used to the way I dress now," he said.

He's now cancer free, and has the following advice for every man:

"Regardless of how you feel about going to the doctor, you need to get there and get checked up. If you feel like something is a little bit wrong, and you don't think it's normal, go see someone about it," said Dietel.

For more men's health information, call 210-358-3045.

(© 2016 KENS)


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