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I am Dr. Todd Brandt. I am a urologist. 

These are words I couldn't have imagined myself saying as I was growing up thinking about medicine as a career. 

And I have been asked many, many times why I went into urology as a medical specialty. In this podcast I attempt to explain how I got here. Why did I choose urology as a specialty? Why do I like it? Why, if you are someone with a urinary tract, should you care? Get it? Why Urology.

This podcast is a personal experiment in medical audio content. I make the obvious disclaimer that this is not medical advice. You should be going to your own physician for that.

These episodes are meant to educate, entertain, inspire or inform you in some way with urology as the launching point for each episode. Each episode is varied in format and length as I have experimented with content. 

Listen, follow, share, rate, review, know what to do.

If you have kidney stones, or prostate cancer, or another urologic health concern this podcast may help you.

If you have a loved one with any urologic health concern this podcast may help you. 

If you are someone who has asked, "How does my bladder do it's thing?", this podcast may help you.

If you make urine, or even if you don't, this podcast may help you.

Thank you for listening to this podcast. I do appreciated any feedback I get so please reach out to me at the link provided on this website. 

Be well,

Dr. Todd Brandt

May 17, 2020

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May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month. Here are five things you should know about bladder cancer.

  1. The most common form of bladder cancer forms from the inner surface lining the bladder, in a cell called a transitional cell. Most bladder cancer are transitional cell carcinomas.
  2. The biggest risk factor for bladder cancer is smoking. If you are a smoker, stop.
  3. The most common sign of bladder cancer is blood in the urine, hematuria, either microscopic or grossly visible blood. If you see blood in the urine please see a doctor for further evaluation.
  4. To diagnose bladder cancer a urologist must look inside the bladder with a scope, called cystoscopy, to identify the tumor. The urologist will then arrange a removal and biopsy of the tumor under anesthesia using a scope that will resect the tumor from the inside of the bladder.
  5. Although the majority of bladder cancers present in a stage where the cancer can be fully removed during the initial resection, bladder cancers have a high recurrence rate. Repeat cystoscopy needs to be done at regular intervals to check for tumor recurrence.

Orange is the color for bladder cancer awareness. Wear orange this month in support of those fighting this disease.

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