Bladder Cancer: John's Story

Story Highlights

  • After experiencing bladder symptoms, John Squire chose Johns Hopkins because of its reputation as a leader in urological care, and for the advanced diagnostic tools that weren’t available through his local urologist. 
  • John’s bladder cancer was diagnosed during a blue light cystoscopy, the “gold standard” method for examining the lower urinary tract and bladder lining. 
  • John first received immunotherapy and then a radical cystectomy (bladder removal surgery) after the cancer spread to the muscle tissues in his bladder. 
  • To replace his bladder, John chose a reconstructive procedure called an ileal conduit, where a portion of the intestine is used to construct an internal pouch to hold urine. 

Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute 

At the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute, we practice multi-disciplinary care for every single patient. This means that the entire care team — urologic oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and basic scientists — works closely together to make an accurate diagnosis and develop individualized treatment plans.