Bladder Cancer: Information & Diet

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated - Medically reviewed by Ravleen Sakaria (MS, RD)

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The best natural and home remedies for bladder cancer include a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. Fruits and vegetables like grapefruit, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, sprouted broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage help in lowering your risk of cancer. The bladder is a portion of the excretory system that performs the function of storing urine before urination. The bladder is lined with specialized cells known as urothelium cells. When these cells reach a certain stage of continuous proliferation, they give rise to bladder cancer. There are three types of bladder cancer, based on the area of the tissue that is invaded. Bladder cancer may grow beyond the lining, extending to the muscles and even reaching the lymph nodes. A number of risk factors are involved, apart from genetic and hereditary factors. These include infection by some form of parasite, smoking, a high-fat or processed diet, exposure to specific chemicals, dyes or drugs, and people who work in the aluminum, rubber or leather industry. According to the National Cancer Institute, the estimated cases of bladder cancer in 2019 are projected to be 80470, including both men and women, in the US alone.

Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

  • Hematuria, or the passage of blood in the urine
  • Pain while urinating
  • The urge to urinate but an inability to urinate
  • An increase in the frequency of urination
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, weakness, loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal or lower back pain
Bladder cancer written on a chalkboard

Bladder cancer develops when cells in the bladder begin to grow abnormally. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

If you see any of these symptoms being present for a long time, visit your doctor and get yourself checked. If bladder cancer is detected, one should take care so as to delay the tumor progression. Along with conventional treatments like chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, or immunotherapy, a lot of people are also looking for alternative medicine to fight cancer. It includes making some vital dietary as well as lifestyle changes to complement the formal treatment you are going through.

Helpful Diet for Bladder Cancer

Consuming a nutrient-dense diet may not only help to reduce the risk of bladder cancer but also help in reducing the side effects of chemotherapy. Although it is remotely possible to cure bladder cancer or any other type of cancer, adopting a healthy way of living may still aid in slowing the fast-growing cancerous cells in comparison to the normal symptoms of bladder cancers.


Consuming a variety of fruits & vegetables is important for overall health but especially because these foods contain a variety of phytochemicals, which according to the American Institute of Cancer Research, are found to aid as antioxidants, prevent tumor progression, aid in immunity and a lot more. Fruits & vegetables are also great for their fiber content which is almost essential for healthy, specifically promoting bowel regularity, decreasing cholesterol and aiding in keeping blood sugars normal.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Research suggests that consuming cruciferous and green leafy vegetables like spinach, romaine leaf lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, coleslaw, cauliflower, sauerkraut, and even kale helps in lowering your risk of cancer as they are rich in phytochemicals like glucosinolates.


Lycopene is a phytochemical found in cooked tomatoes that may improve immune response, inhibit the growth of cancer and work as an antioxidant ( an antioxidant found in tomatoes that exerts a protective effect against many cancers.

Sprouted Broccoli

Sulforaphane is an isothiocyanate, which is present in high concentrations in broccoli sprouts. Evidence shows that having at least 2 servings of broccoli sprouts a week can drastically lower your chance of bladder cancer because of the sulforaphane in it.

Dairy Foods

Research shows that a lower intake of fermented dairy products like butter may be lead to higher chances of bladder cancer. However, a detailed study is needed to determine the role of dairy products in fighting this type of cancer.

Essential Oils

A 2004 research study has shown that frankincense essential oil and sandalwood essential oil help in inducing cancer cell death in people suffering from bladder cancer, but more research is needed regarding essential oils.

Staying Hydrated

Drinking a lot of water is undoubtedly the most important thing you can do to protect your bladder from cancer but while you focus on the amount of water, also check for pollution levels in drinking water. Chlorine and contaminated water can do just the opposite and expose you to higher chances 0f cancer.

No Smoking

Smoking is the major cause behind cancer and the same applies to bladder cancer as well. It not only makes you prone to cancer but also affects people around you as they share the same air as you.

Physical Activity

Research suggests that a good amount of physical activity may help to reduce the risk of cancer. Trying out relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga helps in lowering the stress levels in your body. All these changes and additions are a part of complementary medicine that you can surely go ahead with once you get a go-ahead from your doctor. Protection Status
About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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