I want to extend a warm welcome to you as a potential client of
The Moss Report on Bladder Cancer. For over 35 years, it has been my mission to
educate and empower patients, including many with this type of genitourinary
cancer. I would be honored to now be part of your healing journey.
are several kinds of bladder cancer. These include transitional cell carcinoma,
which begins in cells in the innermost tissue layer; squamous cell carcinoma,
which are thin, flat cells that may form after long-term infection or
irritation; and adenocarcinoma, that forms in glandular, or secretory, cells,
also after long-term irritation. This report includes a discussion of these
main varieties, as classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other
agencies. These are classified by (a) cellular origin and (b) how those cells
behave—ranging from the least aggressive to the most malignant.
tumor types are assigned a grade that ranging from least to most malignant. The
classification and grade of a tumor may be used to predict its likely behavior.
In bladder cancer, this is based on the microscopic appearance of the tumor
tissue as derived from a biopsy (perhaps following uroscopic examination).
Over the years, my thinking about the overall category of bladder
cancer has evolved considerably. I would like to share with you some of the
core beliefs I have developed about this type of cancer and the recovery
In the Moss
Report on Bladder Cancer we fully deal with the conventional treatments of this
disease category. What are these? They include various types of surgery,
radiation (including external beam, brachytherapy or radioactive seeds, and
proton beam therapy), immune therapy (such as by the instillation of the
bacterial vaccine, BCG) and various types of chemotherapy. We also discuss the issue of “watchful
waiting” in bladder cancer. When, if ever, might this be appropriate as an
We are not allied with any doctor, hospital or agency that
administers such treatments. This gives us the unusual ability to assess the
effectiveness of these treatments without any prejudice created by how we earn
our living. We combine this with a detailed knowledge of how these treatments
are actually administered and what they are likely to deliver.
bladder cancer treatments definitely have their place, and may be essential for
a cure, I also believe that there are new treatments that offer hope to bladder
cancer patients. Some of these include the use of anti-angiogenic or ‘targeted’
There also are scientifically valid treatments that come from
outside conventional Western medicine. These treatments offer hope of real and
substantial benefit to bladder cancer patients, even those with advanced
disease. In this Moss Report I will discuss the ones that I believe are most
promising and relevant. Some of the most promising involve the medical use of
electricity, nanotechnology, experimental immunology and virology.
Keep in mind that some of what are called “alternative treatments”
in the United States are accepted and used in other countries. Some bladder
cancer treatments are so embroiled in controversy that it is difficult to
arrive at objective information about their effectiveness. I have done my best
to reach a realistic judgment on many of these. Yet other treatments and
approaches appear worthless or even dangerous.
My goal is to
provide you with information as well as to convey a way of looking at these
questions that you can apply to other treatments. I hope to give you a compass
with which to evaluate the many conflicting treatment claims in the bladder
cancer field and to help you formulate a winning plan for yourself. Let my
knowledge, objectivity, and experience help guide your journey!
I believe that reversing bladder cancer and remaining well is more
than just a physical process. Of course, medical treatments, such as surgery,
radiation and chemotherapy, as well as more natural therapies, have their place
in the treatment of this disease, and you need scientific information to make
rational decisions about them all. But there is another dimension to the cancer
problem. As one long-term survivor put it, “Returning to a state of health is
not just about having treatment; it means dealing with the mental, emotional
and the spiritual issues that tend to manifest physically. It means asking, ‘Am
I on the path that I want to be on?’
This Moss Report is dedicated to helping you to repair the breach
that bladder cancer has created in your life. To do so, you need to seek emotional
healing as well. The attention you give these less tangible areas can speed
healing and enhance the effectiveness of your physical treatments. But it can
also serve as a profound source of strength, peace, and inspiration for you.
What we call body, mind, and spirit are interwoven strands that form the whole