What Is Benign Bladder Tumor?

Q: I have a bladder tumor. Luckily, it is a benign tumor. Is it serious?

A: Benign tumors are noncancerous. They have a fibrous capsule in which the growth is limited. They are maintained in a regular shape. Cells are well differentiated and do not spread to surrounding tissues or metastasize to distant organs.

Benign tumors share some common symptoms with bladder cancer (malignant tumors), such as blood in urine and difficulty in urinating. To diagnose the tumor, doctors often use a cystoscopy to look inside the bladder.

There are several types of benign bladder tumors:

Papillomas

Inverted papillomas

Leiomyomas

Fibromas

Hemangiomas

Neurofibromas

Lipomas

In some cases, benign bladder tumors need no treatment, but you should have regular physical exams to make sure they cause no problems. Many patients choose surgery to remove the tumor. Medication and radiation are also effective in treating it.

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