What does it mean when bladder cancer is invasive?
When a tumor forms inside the bladder, it is a carcinoma in situ. This means it has not spread anywhere yet. However, sometimes cancers become invasive, meaning they begin to penetrate the healthy tissues surrounding them. When a cancer becomes invasive, it becomes more difficult to manage.
About 25% of all new bladder cancer patients are first diagnosed with muscle-invasive cancers. Of those who don’t initially present with an invasive disease, 10-15% will go on to develop one.
While not all invasive cancers are lethal, they often require difficult surgery and hospitalization.
Invasive bladder cancers are more likely to force the patient into harsh surgeries where the patient can lose their bladder. If you’ve taken Actos and developed bladder cancer afterwards, contact the Actos lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-641-9810 to learn more about how they can help you file a lawsuit.