Bladder Cancer: Warren's Story

After bladder-sparing surgery, this busy dentist is back at work and back to good health.

Patient Story Highlights

  • Dr. Warren Brill’s urologist referred him to Johns Hopkins when his bladder cancer advanced after not responding to treatment.
  • Warren met with Trinity Bivalacqua, M.D., and Noah Hahn, M.D., of the Brady Urological Institute and Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute and learned that because of the location of his cancer, he may not require a complete bladder removal.
  • A multidisciplinary team of experts from the Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute collaborated on a treatment plan, tested several options, then determined that the best approach was a partial cystectomy, a procedure that only removes a portion of the bladder.
  • Warren continues to live cancer-free, and thanks to his bladder-sparing surgery, he did not need bladder reconstruction or an external appliance to hold urine.

Warren's Oncologist

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.