Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer

Dr. Golden has been treating bladder cancer in Spokane, as well as cancers of the kidney, prostate, and testes, for almost three decades. The urinary tract is often involved in the development of these cancers, and their management is specific, complex, and evolving.

Bladder cancer is the second most common urologic cancer, and it is associated with cigarette smoking. Fortunately, bladder cancer is usually superficial, growing just in the lining of the bladder, and causing more of a nuisance than a threat to life.

We treat bladder cancer with immunologic agents, and occasionally chemotherapy, to decrease the chances of recurrence. Once diagnosed with bladder cancer in Spokane, you have a lifelong commitment to continue with checkups and further therapy, if needed. If bladder cancer grows into your bladder muscle, you may require more aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with nearly one in ten men developing prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer has a wide spectrum of severity, from a clinically insignificant cancer needing only follow up to a highly aggressive, metastasizing cancer. Accordingly, the treatment for prostate cancer varies widely, depending on its aggressiveness, and also whether it is just in the prostate or has spread to other parts of the body. As with bladder cancer in Spokane, we also consider your age, medical health, and family history when treating prostate cancer.

If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, we may recommend minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, or possibly refer you for robotic prostatectomy, radiation oncology, and/or proton beam therapy. We are also happy to provide the commonly requested “second opinion” for recently diagnosed prostate cancer. If you are confused, make an appointment to come in and talk.

Dr. Golden and his team specialize in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for the upper urinary tract. These include laparoscopic nephrectomy and partial nephron sparing nephrectomy, for the partial or full removal of the kidney. We have been privileged to perform more than 500 of these procedures in the treatment of urinary-related cancers such as kidney cancer, prostate cancer, and bladder cancer in Spokane.

To make an appointment with Dr. Golden, in Spokane Valley, submit the contact form on this page, or call us at (509) 921-0099 today!