Bladder cancer

At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre we know that a cancer diagnosis is a life changing event. We also know that every cancer is different, just like every person is different. We are dedicated to supporting and guiding you throughout your care. On this page you can learn about symptoms of bladder cancer and the potential treatment pathway.

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What is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the lining of the bladder. It is often visually diagnosed via a flexible cystoscopy. This is when a flexible telescope is passed through a person’s urethra into the bladder. This allows the doctor to see into that person’s bladder. If the doctor notices any abnormal cells, they can take a sample that can then be tested for signs of cancer.

What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?

If you have any of the following symptoms please see your doctor. These symptoms may also occur for ailments other than cancer. Your doctor will advise if you need tests and where you should go to have these tests. 


  • Visible blood in the urine
  • Pain urinating
  • Change in frequency of urination
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Lower belly pain
  • Weight loss
This information should not be used to replace medical advice.

Can I be treated at the ONJ Centre?

Once you have been diagnosed with cancer, your doctor or specialist can make a referral to the ONJ Centre for your cancer treatment. You can ask to be referred here, regardless of your insurance status or the stage of your treatment. The ONJ Centre is part of Austin Health, a leading Australian public hospital.

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