If you’ve been diagnosed with bladder cancer, talk to us about treatment options. At City of Hope, our dedicated team of experts take a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating this disease.

Our multidisciplinary staff pursues an integrated approach to treating bladder cancer by combining the latest research findings with outstanding patient care. This includes using advanced technologies and specialized techniques such as:
  • Innovative, minimally invasive surgical approaches
  • Reconstruction and rehabilitation therapies to preserve urinary function
  • Highly precise radiation delivery
  • Individually customized chemotherapy regimens
Additionally, City of Hope patients have access to our extensive team of supportive care experts, who will help you and your caregivers achieve and maintain a better quality of life during and after your bladder cancer treatment.

Nationally Ranked Cancer Center

City of Hope is a nationally recognized leader in the research and treatment of bladder cancer. We are one of the few facilities designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, and for the 12th year, U.S. News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in America.

Request a Consultation

If you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.


Care Team

City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care.

Kevin G Chan, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Urology and Urologic Oncology
Laura Crocitto, M.D., M.H.A.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Urology and Urologic Oncology
Savita Dandapani, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Radiation Oncology
Mark H Kawachi, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Urology and Urologic Oncology
Clayton S. Lau, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Urology and Urologic Oncology
Sumanta Kumar Pal, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Cy Aaron Stein, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Przemyslaw W Twardowski,

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Jeffrey Y.C. Wong, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Radiation Oncology
Jonathan Lim Yamzon, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Urology and Urologic Oncology
Bertram Yuh, M.D., M.S.H.C.P.M., M.I.S.M

Clinical Specialties:

  • Urology and Urologic Oncology
Ali Zhumkhawala, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Urologic Oncology Surgery

Success Stories

Christine Crews Success Story Image
Christine, bladder cancer survivor

Just a little over a month after bladder cancer surgery, Crews was back at the gym teaching fitness classes and settling back into her presurgery life.

Tests & Treatments

Every patient is different, with different needs. At City of Hope, we treat you as a valued individual. Our entire bladder cancer team works together to bring you advanced surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and supportive care options that will deliver the best clinical and functional outcomes for you. You can also enroll in clinical trials for promising treatments that are not offered elsewhere.

Your care continues long after treatment is completed, and we are committed to helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.

Learn more about treatment options for bladder cancer, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and bladder reconstruction.


When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family take each step in your bladder cancer journey. We can help with all of these concerns, and more:
  • Managing side effects
  • Pain management
  • Navigating the health care system
  • Your emotional, social and spiritual health
  • Staying healthy and active
  • Healthy cooking and eating
  • Healing arts
  • Caregiver skills
  • Dealing with family, school or work stress
Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.
Additional Resources:

Support the Bladder Cancer Research Program

We deliver exquisite care at the leading edge of cancer treatment. It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts over 100 years ago. Their efforts - and those of our supporters today - have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct.
For more information on supporting this specific program, please contact
Or, you can make a gift to support all the research at City of Hope by donating online.


An Expert's Voice

City of Hope experts cover prevention, screening, treatment and other cancer topics on City of Hope’s Breakthrough’s blog.

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