Any type of cancer occurs in the body when cells begin to multiply too quickly. These cells then form into masses and continue to grow at a rapid rate.
Bladder cancer is a type of cancer that affects the balloon shaped organ in your pelvic cavity. The bladder is an essential part of your urinary tract system that stores urine until it can be excreted. Your bladder can hold up to two cups of urine – which may feel like a gallon if you’re frantically searching for a bathroom.
While most people know that smoking can cause lung cancer, few are aware that it’s a major risk factor for bladder cancer. Bladder cancer is relatively uncommon in the general population, but it does affect the elderly at a slightly higher rate.
Bladder Cancer Overview
The most common type of bladder cancer is known as transitional cell cancer. This type of cancer begins in the innermost layer of the bladder and is almost always diagnosed in patients who are over 60.
This type of cancer may also affect other organs in your urinary tract system. Since it targets the transitional cells of your urinary tract system, carcinomas may be found in the lining of your kidneys, urethra or ureters. Patients who are diagnosed with bladder cancer must have their entire urinary tract system examined for tumors.
The symptoms of transitional cell cancer of the bladder occur very early. Bladder cancer tends to progress slowly and manifests symptoms almost immediately after the cancer cells have arisen in the bladder.
Common symptoms include:
- Blood in the urine
- Frequent urination
- Painful urination
- Back or pelvic pain.
Any of these symptoms may also be caused by a urinary tract infection, which needs to be addressed by a doctor. If your doctor suspects bladder cancer, he or she will conduct a full physical exam and test your urine for blood or abnormal cells.
Your doctor may also perform a cystoscopy test that allows him or her to visualize the inside of your bladder and take biopsies of any abnormal cells discovered.
Not surprisingly, the “allopathic” treatment options are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation (the “Big 3”). If I were diagnosed with ANY type of cancer, I would NEVER choose this “cut, poison, burn” protocol. In my opinion, it is barbaric.
Fortunately, there are natural remedies that have proven to be very effective. Some of the best natural remedies include the following:
- Selenium (effective with many types of cancer)
- Milk thistle (silymarin is anti-cancer)
- Green tea extract (catechins inhibit cancer growth)
- Garlic (sulfur compounds block cancer cells)
- Citrus fruits (limonene is anti-cancer)
- The Gerson Diet (lots of fresh juice and coffee enemas)
- The Budwig Diet (electron-rich cottage cheese mixed with flax oil).
What Happens After Treatment?
After completing your treatment, the first thing you should do is take a good look at your lifestyle and diet to determine if you could be living healthier. Your diet plays a large role in keeping your health in check. With the right diet, you can boost your immune system, prevent chronic diseases and keep your cancer risks low.
Even though bladder cancer is easily treated, it is also known to reoccur in many patients. It is essential that you eat a healthy diet and exercise frequently once you go into remission.
A healthy diet includes a variety of fruits and vegetables (organic, if possible), grass-fed lean meats, organic dairy products, and healthy fats like coconut oil and olive oil. By eating a diet that is colorful and fresh, you will consume high concentrations of antioxidants and nutrients that can keep you healthy and strong.
Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine and you should feel better after your cancer than you did before you were diagnosed.