Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Bladder cancer stages

Making an educated treatment decision begins with the stage, or progression, of the disease. The stage of bladder cancer is one of the most important factors in evaluating treatment options.

Our cancer doctors use a variety of diagnostic tests to evaluate bladder cancer and develop an individualized treatment plan. If you have been recently diagnosed, we will review your pathology to confirm you have received the correct diagnosis and staging information, and develop a personalized treatment plan. If you have a recurrence, we will perform comprehensive testing and identify a treatment approach that is suited to your needs.

Stage IV bladder cancer

In stage IV bladder cancer, one of the following applies:

  • T4b, N0, M0: Cancer has grown through the bladder wall and into the pelvic or abdominal wall (T4b), but has not spread to lymph nodes or distant sites.


  • Any T, N1 to N3, M0: Cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes (N1–N3) but not to distant sites.
  • Any T, any N, M1: Cancer has spread to distant sites, such as bones, liver or lungs (M1).

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