About Transitional Cell Carcinoma
Transitional cell carcinoma most often occurs in the bladder, but it can also develop in the ureter (a long tube that connects the kidney to the bladder) and renal pelvis (part of the kidney). As the name implies, this type of cancer affects "transitional cells" -- cells that can change shape and stretch without breaking apart -- such as those found in the bladder, ureter, and renal pelvis.
Common symptoms of either type of transitional cell carcinoma include:
- Blood in the urine
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination.
Other health problems can cause these symptoms, so it's important to see your healthcare provider as soon as possible to get an accurate diagnosis.
(Click Bladder Cancer and Transitional Cell Carcinoma (of the Ureter and Renal Pelvis) to learn more about these types of transitional cell carcinoma.)