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Diagnostic Tests for Bladder cancer

Diagnostic Test list for Bladder cancer:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Bladder cancer includes:

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Bladder cancer causes:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Bladder cancer:

If a patient has symptoms that suggest bladder cancer, the doctor may check general signs of health and may order lab tests. The person may have one or more of the following procedures:

  • Physical exam -- The doctor feels the abdomen and pelvis for tumors. The physical exam may include a rectal or vaginal exam.

  • Urine tests -- The laboratory checks the urine for blood, cancer cells, and other signs of disease.

  • Intravenous pyelogram -- The doctor injects dye into a blood vessel. The dye collects in the urine, making the bladder show up on x-rays .

  • Cystoscopy -- The doctor uses a thin, lighted tube (cystoscope ) to look directly into the bladder. The doctor inserts the cystoscope into the bladder through the urethra to examine the lining of the bladder. The patient may need anesthesia for this procedure.

The doctor can remove samples of tissue with the cystoscope. A pathologist then examines the tissue under a microscope. The removal of tissue to look for cancer cells is called a biopsy . In many cases, a biopsy is the only sure way to tell whether cancer is present. For a small number of patients, the doctor removes the entire cancerous area during the biopsy. For these patients, bladder cancer is diagnosed and treated in a single procedure.

A patient who needs a biopsy may want to ask the doctor some of the following questions:

  • Why do I need to have a biopsy?

  • How long will it take? Will I be awake? Will it hurt?

  • How soon will I know the results?

  • Are there any risks? What are the chances of infection or bleeding after the biopsy?

  • If I do have cancer, who will talk with me about treatment? When?

(Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Bladder Cancer: NCI)

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Bladder cancer:

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Conditions listing medical complications: Bladder cancer:

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