University of Minnesota Health Cancer Care is home to the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers, created in 2005 to focus on the most common genitourinary cancers, such as bladder cancer. Our care team is nationally and internationally recognized for its leadership in the treatment of genitourinary cancers.
Expert care for bladder cancer
University of Minnesota Health Cancer Care specialists focus on urologic surgery, medical oncology and radiation therapy. They work together to bring the best possible resources and care to patients with bladder cancer.
A personalized approach
At the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers, our cancer experts work together as a multidisciplinary team to share knowledge, collaborate and consult on each patient’s condition. We understand that no two people—and no two cancers—are alike. So we work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets both your medical and personal needs.
University of Minnesota Health providers are skilled in detecting bladder cancer and were some of the first to use Cysview®, an optical imaging device that enables them to see early-stage cancer more clearly when it can be treated most effectively. Today, our physician researchers also are actively involved in developing new vaccines for bladder cancers.
Most of our providers are also members of the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Twin Cities: Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. This enables our doctors to participate in extensive research stay at the leading edge of new therapies and treatment options for patients with bladder cancer, including the world’s only randomized study of robotic surgery for bladder cancer. Our surgeons perform all types of urinary diversions including ileal conduits, and continent neobladders and pouches in both male and female patients.
Providing support when you need it most
Patients recently diagnosed with cancer may find it helpful to speak with someone who has been through treatment and learned how to manage the same disease. Through our Peer-to-Peer Program, patients and family members share experiences and support each other.
Bladder Cancer Support Group
We facilitate a bladder cancer support group that meets every month, and is intended for patients and caregivers. Ask your care team for more information.
The library houses printed and online resources that provide patients with treatment and recovery information for their specific diseases and conditions.
A mandatory class prepares patients for surgery by giving them a realistic overview of the hospital experience, decreasing anxiety and preparing them and their families for post-discharge care.
Supportive Cancer Care Program by Palliative Care
We improve patients’ quality of life by treating symptoms related to their cancer. We provide palliative care in conjunction with a patient's regular medical treatment.
Our registered dietitians help patients eat right as they receive cancer treatment, educating them about nutritional guidelines, appetite problems and eating difficulties, food safety and supplements.