Important information

The management of bladder cancer can be complex, especially for people who require surgery.

A person with a suspected bladder cancer should be referred to a urologist who is a member of a relevant multidisciplinary team and practices at a specialist centre.


Specialist centres (Bladder cancer)

The management of bladder cancer requires a team of health care professionals with experience in bladder cancer (including surgery) and the availability of adequate supportive care following surgery.

Even if surgery does not seem likely at the time of referral, early involvement of a multidisciplinary team is recommended to ensure optimal assessment, care, and outcomes.

Specialist centres for bladder cancer are:

Some patients may need to travel out of area to be treated at a specialist centre. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this. For more detailed information about specialist centres, see Optimising cancer care on the Cancer Institute NSW website.


What tests are needed for urogenital cancer?

Common tests used to diagnose a urogenital cancer include:

  • physical examination
  • blood tests
  • imaging - ultrasound, CT scan and/or MRI scan
  • biopsy.


What treatment options are there for urogenital cancer?

Treatment for urogenital cancer may include one or more of the following:

  • surgery
  • chemotherapy
  • targeted therapy
  • radiotherapy.

If treatment is specialised and complex, patients may need to travel to have a part of their treatment. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this.


How common is urogenital cancer in NSW?

Urogenital cancer was diagnosed in:

  • 2014
    8795 people in NSW
  • 2013
    9197 people in NSW
  • 2012
    9721 people in NSW

Data source: Annual NSW cancer incidence and mortality dataset, 2014 (sourced from the NSW Cancer Registry)