Bladder Cancer

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for bladder cancer treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being.

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 and medical oncology, to provide state-of-the-art practices and treatments for bladder cancer.

Our multidisciplinary care teams include radiologists, pathologists, urologists, 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.

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.
  • Cystoscopy: a thin, lighted tube called a cystoscope is inserted into the bladder through the urethra. A patient may be sedated during this procedure.
  • 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.

For reliable, in-depth information about cancer symptoms, staging and diagnosis, visit CancerQuest, an educational and outreach program at Emory University. 

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Bladder cancer treatment depends on many factors including the stage and location of the cancer. Your care team will discuss treatment options with you and it is important to take time and consider all possible choices.

It is also important to know that your chances for having the best possible outcome are highest in the hands of a medical team that is experienced in treating bladder cancer.
One or more of the following types of treatment will be used.

Surgery: There are several surgical options for patients with bladder cancer including:

  • Radical cystectomy is used to treat invasive bladder cancer by removing the entire bladder, the surrounding lymph nodes, part of the urethra and nearby organs that may contain cancerous cells.
  • Segmental cystectomy may be used when a patient has a low-grade cancer that has invaded the bladder wall in just one area. During this treatment, only part of the bladder is removed.
  • Transurethral resection may be used to treat early forms of bladder cancer by removing the cancer and burning away any remaining cancer cells with an electric current.

Radiation: Options for bladder cancer treatment may include external radiation or internal radiation techniques that use high-energy rays to kill cancer from either outside or inside the body. Learn more about radiation therapy treatments and services.

Chemotherapy: May be used to treat patients whose cancer has deeply invaded the bladder or spread to the lymph nodes or other organs. Chemotherapy may be combined with other treatment options.

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselorsnurse navigatorsdietitians and social service professionals.

 Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship. Through these trials, you may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

Learn More About Clinical Trials

If you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, we are ready to help you. Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. Winship experts are available for a second opinion.

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Learn what to expect on your first visit.

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Mehrdad Alemozaffar MD

  • Urologist
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Mehrdad Alemozaffar MD

Mehrdad Alemozaffar MD

  • Dr. Alemozaffar specializes in the treatment of cancers involving the bladder, kidney, adrenal gland, prostate, testes and penis.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW
Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW

Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW

  • At Winship, Ms. Arnold works with patients affected by genitourinary cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, sarcoma and aerodigestive cancers.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Wendy Baer MD

  • Oncology Psychiatrist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
  • Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD
Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

  • Radiologist
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                                 Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR
Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD
Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

  • As part of the genitourinary oncology team, Dr. Carthon treats patients with prostate, bladder, and renal cancers and other genitourinary malignancies.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Hark C. Chang MD

  • Urologist
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Hark C. Chang MD

Hark C. Chang MD

  • As part of the urology team, Dr. Chang sees new patients to carry out the initial diagnostic work up for all genitourinary cancers.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-6448

Carla L. Ellis MD, MS

  • Pathologist
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                                 Carla L. Ellis MD, MS
Carla L. Ellis MD, MS

Carla L. Ellis MD, MS

  • Board certified in clinical and anatomic pathology, Dr. Ellis specializes in urologic pathology (genitourinary) and non-neoplastic renal pathology.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5947

Joan Giblin NP

  • Survivorship Program
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Joan Giblin NP

Joan Giblin NP

  • An experienced nurse practitioner specialist with extensive patient care involvement, Ms. Giblin facilitates continued good health and quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Survivorship Program Director, Winship Cancer Institute
  • (404) 778-1900

Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP
Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP

Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP

Wayne B. Harris MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Wayne B. Harris MD

Wayne B. Harris MD

  • Dr. Harris is a pioneer in the development of clinical applications based on interactions between the immune system and cancers of the genitourinary system.
  • Assistant Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • (404) 778-1900

Ashesh Jani MD, MSEE

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Ashesh Jani MD, MSEE

Ashesh Jani MD, MSEE

  • Dr. Jani specializes in the treatment of prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular and urethra cancer.
  • Director, Residency Program, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Omer Kucuk MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Omer Kucuk MD

Omer Kucuk MD

  • A medical oncologist with a major interest in nutrition and cancer prevention, Dr. Kucuk mainly treats patients with prostate, bladder and kidney cancer.
  • Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Colleen Lewis NP
Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

  • Urologist
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                                 Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS
Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

  • Dr. Master is a renowned national expert in the surgical treatment of kidney cancer particularly a complex variety that extends into the main blood vessels and the heart.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Capraro Mosby RN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Capraro Mosby RN
Capraro Mosby RN

Capraro Mosby RN

Peter Nieh MD

  • Urologist
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                                 Peter Nieh MD
Peter Nieh MD

Peter Nieh MD

Kenneth Ogan MD

  • Urologist
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                                 Kenneth Ogan MD
Kenneth Ogan MD

Kenneth Ogan MD

Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD

  • Pathologist
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                                 Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD
Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD

Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD

  • Dr. Osunkoya is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in urologic pathology.
  • Director, Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5867

Sandra Parker NP-C

  • Team Member
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Sandra Parker NP-C

Sandra Parker NP-C

  • Ms. Parker is an advanced registered nurse practitioner in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7004

Pretesh Patel MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Pretesh Patel MD

Pretesh Patel MD

  • Dr. Patel specializes in the treatment of genitourinary and gynecological malignancies as well as the use of high-dose rate brachytherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

  • Urologist
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                                 John G. Pattaras MD, FACS
John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • At Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Ms. Perlmutter works with patients of all cancer types providing resource referrals and counseling services.
  • Social Worker, Outpatient Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7826

Martin G. Sanda MD

  • Urologist
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Martin G. Sanda MD

Martin G. Sanda MD

  • An internationally recognized prostate cancer surgeon, Dr. Sanda is an expert in robotic prostatectomy and robotic cystectomy.
  • Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Jay Shelton MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Jay Shelton MD

Jay Shelton MD

  • Located at Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady, Dr. Shelton treats lung and genitourinary cancer patients.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 616-6343

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Vinita Singh MD
Vinita Singh MD

Vinita Singh MD

  • Dr. Singh collaborates with oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW
Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW

Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW

  • Ms. Tinsley works with the genitourinary and gastrointestinal patients at Winship Cancer Institute and the breast, gynecological and sarcoma patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5976