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Does bladder cancer show up during routine urine testing?

Does bladder cancer show up during routine urine testing?

No: Bladder cancer is not detected during a routine urine test (urinalysis) as part of a physical examination. If bladder cancer is suspected, a special urine test is required called a urine cytology. This test is much more specific for detecting bladder cancer although it has its limitations as well. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Urine test checks for bladder cancer or other problems?

Urine test checks for bladder cancer or other problems?

Can be both: Many tests can be run on urine, although the selection is not as vast as blood testing. The basic test is called a urinalysis or ua. A urine cytology is a separate test where a pathologist evaluates the urine for cancer cells. Please ask your doctor more about the testing. ...Read more

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Does urine test can bee seen if you have bladder cancer?

Does urine test can bee seen if you have bladder cancer?

Sometimes: Yes - if urine "cytology" is specifically ordered (sometimes with "fish"). Urine cytology is not the most sensitive test for bladder cancer, but is probably the least invasive - all the patient has to do is pee in a cup.

Cancer would not usually be picked up on routine urinalysis or culture - which is much more commonly ordered to rule out infection, etc. ...Read more

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Where can I take urine test (BTA-Stat)for bladder cancer? I 'm looking for the BTA urine test in Houston area.

Where can I take urine test (BTA-Stat)for bladder cancer? I 'm looking for the BTA urine test in Houston area.

Here are some...: Since this test has been effectively used as supplemental diagnostic tool for the patients known to have transitional cell carcinoma in urinary tract such as bladder, ureters, kidneys, etc. So, ask the treating urologists or nearby Pharmacy; they would be happy to help. ...Read more

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Do routine urine tests check for bladder cancer?

Do routine urine tests check for bladder cancer?

No: Routine urinary and blood tests do not check for bladder cancer. If the urine test is abnormal if there are urinary symptoms to suggest bladder cancer, then specific testing must be performed to determine if bladder cancer is present. ...Read more

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Would urine crystals be one of the symptoms of bladder cancer?

Would urine crystals be one of the symptoms of bladder cancer?

No: Urine crystal can indicate certain condition in the kidney, however it is not a symptom of / does not indicate kidney cancer. ...Read more

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If my blood and urine tests are normal, can I be sure I don't have bladder cancer?

If my blood and urine tests are normal, can I be sure I don't have bladder cancer?

No: Even if your blood tests and urinalysis are normal, one can still have bladder cancer. In fact, small bladder tumors can also easily be missed on radiographic studies. The gold standard test is to have an office procedure called a cystoscopy to visualize the bladder lining. ...Read more

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Is blood in urine a sign of bladder cancer?

Is blood in urine a sign of bladder cancer?

Needs attention: It is not normal to have even a trace blood in the urine, it could simple infection, or early kidney damage, or even a tumor need to see your physician to find the cause. ...Read more

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If I have bladder cancer, would there be blood in my urine?

If I have bladder cancer, would there be blood in my urine?

Yes: Bladder cancer may cause visible blood in the urine or microscopic blood in the urine which is only picked up by urine tests. Depending on the type of cancer, size, number of lesions, etc, blood may be visible to the naked eye but can also be absent with smaller lesions. Therefore, urine tests must be performed when bladder cancer is suspected. ...Read more

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Does finding blood in my urine mean that I have bladder cancer?

Possibly: Blood in the urine (whether microscopic or gross) must be evaluated by a urologist. The degree of hematuria does not necessarily correlate with the size of the problem, so the evaluation would include laboratory testing, imaging of the urianry tract, and cystoscopy - a procedure to look inside the urethar and bladder with a telescope. Possible causes include infection, stones, and malignancy. ...Read more

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30yo non smoker had bladder cancer 4years ago, scan and urine tests 2months ago ok, but has lost 20kilos in weeks? Advice please

30yo non smoker had bladder cancer 4years ago, scan and urine tests 2months ago ok, but has lost 20kilos in weeks? Advice please

See your doctor: Any unexplained weight loss in a previous cancer patient needs to be evaluated by your doctor. There are many causes of weight loss, but concern for cancer recurrence or spread should be considered. ...Read more

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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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Is bloody urine a sign that bladder cancer has penetrated the wall of the bladder?

Is bloody urine a sign that bladder cancer has penetrated the wall of the bladder?

No: The amount of blood seen in the urine does not correlate with the degree of tumor invasion into the bladder muscle. The gold standard to determine the extent of invasion into the bladder muscle is to perform a special biopsy and evaluate for muscle invasion. One can have a little bleeding in the urine with a lot of muscle invasion or a lot of bleeding without muscle invasion. ...Read more

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Are rapid weight loss and blood in my urine signs of bladder cancer?

Are rapid weight loss and blood in my urine signs of bladder cancer?

Signs of big problem: Rapid, unintentional weight loss is a sign of a significant illness (cancer or thyroid diseases are possibilities). Bloody urine is another sign of a significant problem (cancer or kidney diseases are possibilities). A person with both symptoms should be at the doctor's office getting a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Is excessive weight loss and blood in the urine is a sign of bladder cancer?

Is excessive weight loss and blood in the urine is a sign of bladder cancer?

Possibly: Blood in the urine should never be ignored or assumed to be benign until proven otherwise. See a urologist. ...Read more

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If I had bladder cancer in the past and now have blood in my urine, do I need to see a doctor right away?

If I had bladder cancer in the past and now have blood in my urine, do I need to see a doctor right away?

Yes: Any patient with a history of bladder cancer should undergo routine follow-up indefinitely as bladder cancer may recur. If a patient with bladder cancer has bloodu urine, he/she should see a urologist as soon as possible. The bleeding may be due to a number things including, but not limited to: bladder cancer, ureteral cancer, kidney cancer, renal pelvic cancer, kidney stones, and a uti. ...Read more

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Is risk of bladder cancer with microscopic bld in urine still low in 32 year old non - smoker even if dad had it? Only other symptom low low back pn.

Is risk of bladder cancer with microscopic bld in urine still low in 32 year old non - smoker even if dad had it? Only other symptom low low back pn.

Rare: Bladder cancer in your age group would be quite unusual but microscopic hematuria is abnormal and should be checked out by a urologist. ...Read more

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I had bladder cancer 15 yrs ago and they now have found trace of blood in my urine. Doc scoped me and found no tumor. He is sending it away for a full?

I had bladder cancer 15 yrs ago and they now have found trace of blood in my urine. Doc scoped me and found no tumor. He is sending it away for a full?

Full what?: Several reasons for blood in urine, only one of which is bladder cancer. Stones & infection high on list. Also need to check for kidney sources. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of bladder cancer? Lot of pain detected trace of blood in urine

What are symptoms of bladder cancer? Lot of pain detected trace of blood in urine

Blood: Blood in the urine, whether visible or a trace on dipstick, is the most common way bladder tumors present. If you have blood in your urine you need to see a doctor and get it checked. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Cloudy urine, no bacteria, no stones their checking for cysts next week. Pain in one testicle, is it likely I have bladder cancer at 27?

Cloudy urine, no bacteria, no stones their checking for cysts next week. Pain in one testicle, is it likely I have bladder cancer at 27?

Probably not cancer: You're awfully young and there are other things that cause cloudy urine more often than cancer. I'm sure they've told you this but I can't underemphasize the importance of getting well hydrated. ...Read more

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Micro blood in urine- 250+ result. Nurse said it was max. Dad had bladder cancer. Does this indicate cancer? 32y/o woman who has never smoked.

Micro blood in urine- 250+ result. Nurse said it was max. Dad had bladder cancer. Does this indicate cancer? 32y/o woman who has never smoked.

Micro hematuria: Microhematuria in a 32-year-old female who has never smoked is not very likely to be due to bladder cancer. Bladder cancer is not really genetic in nature. Despite that, you should have a hematuria workup which would include imaging of your kidneys as well as a cystoscopy and a variety of possible urine studies. ...Read more

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Slightly red urine 2 days. Sometimes clear. Bladder cancer or kidney stone? 3 stones in kidney. Don't smoke. No pain. Ab ultasnd nrml back in November

Slightly red urine 2 days. Sometimes clear. Bladder cancer or kidney stone? 3 stones in kidney. Don't smoke. No pain. Ab ultasnd nrml back in November

Urine culture: Painless hematuria or blood in the urine could be a manifestation of bladder cancer. If this were a kidney stone you would probably have flank pain but on occasion it can be painless. A urinary tract infection usually presents with pain on urination. I would suggest getting a urine culture but if it persists a urological workup and cystoscopy may be needed ...Read more

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Fearful re: bladder cancer. Have had microscopic blood in urine for nearly 2 years. Told due to warfarin. Now bladder not completely emptying. Often.

Fearful re: bladder cancer. Have had microscopic blood in urine for nearly 2 years. Told due to warfarin. Now bladder not completely emptying. Often.

Not necessarily...: Blood in urine could be caused by multiple reasons. Most commonly UTI and stones. When it is painless it's worrisome for possible cancer but not necessarily. If you have been evaluated and already told it was caused by Coumadin (warfarin) most likely that is the reason. A cystoscopy gives a reliable diagnosis. Your symptoms could be caused by UTI so I advised you to see your pcp or urologist to evaluate further. ...Read more

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They have found blood and white blood cells in my urine but nothing will grow in the lab could it be bladder cancer urineating is very painful and very frequient. Have already taken 7 rounds of antibotics

They have found blood and white blood cells in my urine but nothing will grow in the lab could it be bladder cancer urineating is very painful and very frequient. Have already taken 7 rounds of antibotics

Hematuria: It's time to stop taking antibiotics and see a urologist for a proper evaluation of blood in the urine. This should include a cystoscopy and one of several possible means of evaluating your ureters and kidneys. ...Read more

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Cystoscope showed red areas biopsy was taken does this mean bladder cancer, had a lot of pain & blood in urine?

Red areas in bladder: 48F from England has cystoscopy and Bx of red areas. Asks: Does this mean bladder cancer? Had lots of pain and blood in urine. ANS: at your age not likely and the Bx will tell. So wait till it comes back. Wha did the Dr. Think it was? ...Read more

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Treated twice for uti, urine tests still showing high WBC but no infection, could this be bladder cancer? Pain lower left ab, cancer history in family

Treated twice for uti, urine tests still showing high WBC but no infection, could this be bladder cancer? Pain lower left ab, cancer history in family

Cancer: Based on your age the probability is low for a bladder cancer. Non smokers also reduce their risk. Did you get a urine culture and are you on any OTC meds or any abx? I would look for cause and see a kidney doc. ...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


Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more