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Can you have a cytology done to see if there are cancer cells in urine?

Can you have a cytology done to see if there are cancer cells in urine?

Yes, but...: Many cancers do not shed their cells into the urine. The decision to pursue a further workup in the absence of a positive urine cytology is your physician's, with your input of course. If i had new hematuria, i'd have imaging even with negative cytology. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Cystoscopy done, no tumors found, but took a urine cytology specimen to look for cancer cells. What percent of people have cancer with no tumors?

Cystoscopy done, no tumors found, but took a urine cytology specimen to look for cancer cells. What percent of people have cancer with no tumors?

Depends: Obtaining a urine cytology is standard practice at time of cystoscopy. It can be helpful to determine if there is high grade cancer in the drainage system of kidneys. Also there is a form of high grade bladder cancer that is limited to the lining of the bladder. In these cases, there would be no visible tumor seen. ...Read more

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Why is a biopsy more reliable for diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

Why is a biopsy more reliable for diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

More info in biopsy: Urine cytology examines single cells that are shed from the bladder lining and are suspended in fluid. Nuclear features of each cell can be evaluated but low grade cancer may look similar to reactive changes. A biopsy is a whole piece of tissue. The entire thickness of the lining and overall morphology can be evaluated. A biopsy is far better than urine cytology, especially for low grade lesion ...Read more

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Can someone explain to me how come a biopsy is more reliable in diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

Can someone explain to me how come a biopsy is more reliable in diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

See below: Urine cytology is looking for cancer cells in the urine, which can be missed as they may not be shed into the bladder, from its lining. The amount shed may also be too small to detect. The biopsy of a suspicious area is more reliable. ...Read more

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Hematuria. non- contrast Ct scan, urine cytology, cystoscopy all good. 2 painless non-obstructing stones in lower pole . Could I still have cancer?

Hematuria. non- contrast Ct scan, urine cytology, cystoscopy all good.  2 painless non-obstructing stones in lower pole .  Could I still have cancer?

Here are some...: The answer to your Q could not be addressed in a 400-letter space. However, to sort the mystery of related issues regarding microhematuria out has not to be that hard by following instructions as described in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html and in http://formefirst.com/hematuria.html. Best wish to health and happiness. ...Read more

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If my bloody urine is caused by cancer, would there be cancer cells in the urine too?

If my bloody urine is caused by cancer, would there be cancer cells in the urine too?

Maybe: Transitional cell carcinoma can be detected by urine cytology but it's not 100% sensitive. Other cancers such as breast or lung cancer will most likely not show up in the urine. Blood in the urine can be caused by many other things including chemotherapy for other cancers. Let your doctor know you have blood in the urine. ...Read more

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How are cancer cells or tumors or anything causing other symptoms detected ? Blood test ? I had a panel and CBC and full blood ? Stool urine ?

How are cancer cells or tumors or anything causing other symptoms detected ? Blood test ? I had a panel and CBC and full blood ? Stool urine ?

Cancer: There are no blood tests that rule in or out all cancers with certainty. Your physician would order specific tests such as xrays, scans,mri, endoscopy depending on your symptoms or physical examination findings or certain screening of urine,stool, sputum,etc. Tissue biopsies are then done to confirm a diagnosis of cancer. For example, blood in stool or urine leads to scoping; skin lesion biopsied ...Read more

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My urine analysis says the urine is clear but the cytology report says it's cloudy. I have only squamous and urothelial cells present. Why is that?

My urine analysis says the urine is clear but the cytology report says it's cloudy.  I have only squamous and urothelial cells present.  Why is that?

Urinalysis: urinalysis does not detect squamous cells or urinary sediment. "Cloudy" urine is usually due to heavy urinary sediment if infection has been ruled out. This may be a result of incomplete voiding, inadequate fluid ingestion or medications precipitating out in your urine. ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


Cytology (Definition)

Is the study of cells, where they came from, how they work, how ...Read more