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Urinary Tract Cancers

Bladder cancer/adrenal gland tumors

04/01/2010

Question:

I`m sorry, but this is a 2 part question. I am a 70 yr old white female with a moderate income and am diligent about my health. One week ago after having blood in my urine,& pain in my side, I went immediately to my doctor who ordered a sonagram & transvaginal sonagram. She got the results within 3 hrs and I was told I have a mass on my bladder. I have an appointment with a urologist 03/23/10. Does mass usually mean tumor?

The second part of my question involves my adrenal gland. 5 yrs ago, an adrenal gland tumor was found incidentaly.(different doctor) I was told it was benign and not to worry. But over the yrs, I`ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure,rapid heartbeat,& depression. I also have an unusual amount of sweating, & severe headaches& back pain, all which can`t be explained. I`ve seen several doctors for these problems, told them about the adrenal gland tumor & they always say,it`s nothing, it`s benign don`t worry about it. I was told by one doctor my pains were imaginary & another it was part of aging. But I`ve done research on my own and found that adrenal gland tumors can cause all these things in addition to going to other locations, including bladder & along the spine. Could this mass be related to the adrenal gland tumor? Thank you for any answer you can give me and for listening to me.

Answer:

These are very good questions. Mass in the bladder is usually a cancer. You need to see an oncologist regarding the adrenal gland and get it reimaged, and for the bladder mass as well. More answers are long and complicated.

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Response by:

Thomas  Olencki, DO Thomas Olencki, DO
Clinical Professor of Medical Oncology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University