Your Care at Winship

Our cancer healthcare teams at Winship Cancer Institute offer the best bladder cancer treatment plan for patients in Georgia and the Southeast.

Your Winship care team draws on Emory's vast resources in surgical oncology, radiation therapy, urology and medical oncology, to provide state-of-the-art practices and treatments for bladder cancer.

Our multidisciplinary care teams include radiologists, pathologists, dermatologists, neurologists, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses with expertise in bladder cancer and genitourinary cancers. As specialists, our teams develop groundbreaking treatments that produce better outcomes and are adopted by other leading cancer centers.

The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:

  • Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top cancer experts in the world.
  • Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
  • Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
  • Access to support groups and education classes for you and your caregivers.
  • Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.

Diagnosing Your Bladder Cancer

A patient with bladder cancer symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures:

  • Physical exam: to feel for tumors in the abdomen and pelvis.
  • Urine test: allows the laboratory to check for signs of disease such as blood and cancer cells.
  • Intravenous pyelogram: a patient's blood vessel is injected with dye. The dye will then collect in the urine and allow the bladder to show up on x-rays.
  • Cystoscopy: a thin, lighted tube called a cystoscope is inserted into the bladder through the urethra. A patient may be sedated during this procedure.
  • Blue light cystoscopy: a new technology known as Cysview® is offered at Winship to diagnose tumors found in the bladder. Unlike regular cystoscopy where some tumors can be missed due to size, this enhanced imaging procedure helps oncologists find bladder tumors of any size more easily by using Cysview (hexaminolevulinate HCL) which turns cancerous cells in the bladder bright pink or red under a blue light. This allows for more complete removal of the tumor and a decreased chance of the tumor recurring.