Bladder cancer: Risk factors, diagnosis, and management

Nurse Pract. 2017 Mar 7;42(3):26-33. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000512251.61454.5c.


Bladder cancer is the most common genitourinary cancer in the United States. Symptoms of bladder cancer mimic those of a urinary tract infection, which can delay timely diagnosis. Because of the high rate of bladder cancer, it is likely advanced practice registered nurses will be responsible for the care of patients with bladder cancer. This article reviews the signs and symptoms of bladder cancer along with management options to safely care for this patient population.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Curriculum*
  • Diagnostic Errors*
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse Practitioners / education*
  • Risk Factors
  • United States
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / nursing*
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Urinary Tract Infections / diagnosis*