What tests are there for bladder cancer?

Urinalysis, scope. A bladder tumor is suspected if blood is found in the urine without obvious cause. An abnormal urinalysis with blood is followed by a urine cytology (look for tumor cells in the urine under the microsope), an ultrasound or ct scan to rule out problems in the kidneys, bladder or elsewhere in the pelvis, and cystoscopy (a scope placed into the bladder via the urethra) is used for biopsy.
Cystoscopy. The best test for diagnosing bladder cancer is a cystoscopy (telescope used to llok in the bladder) with a bladder biopsy. Although x-rays are used, they are not sensitive enough to detect bladder cancer and miss many small tumors. They are very valuable in staging the cancer once diagnosed with cystoscopy. Urine tests are also used as adjunctive tests such as tumor markers detected in the urine.

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Why is the bta stat test important for bladder cancer?

May suggest cancer. Bladder tumor antigen test is only a semi-reliable test for bladder cancer. Urinary cytology and cystoscopy with or without biopsy are much more reliable. Read more...
Easy to do. Bta stat test is a trade mark it is, bladder tumor antigen assessment , could be done in the office , real impotent test is cystoscopic biopsy and assessment of the tumor invasion is more important. Read more...

Are there non-invasive tests which can diagnose bladder cancer?

No. Bladder cancer is diagnosed with cystoscopy. This is the gold standard test for bladder cancer. This is where a telescope is placed into the bladder for visual examination. Although non-invasive tests can be used and can detect large tumors, they often miss small tumors or flat tumors called carcinoma-in-situ since they cannot be seen on routine x-rays or imaging studies. Read more...
Yes. Urinalysis can demonstrate blood & raise suspicion. Urine cytology can identify bladder cancer cells if present, also atypical cells which can be supect. Bta test is not reliable. Bladder ultrasound of full bladder can demonstrate some tumors. Cancer can be seen by cystoscopy with flexible scope or pediatric scope in females + Lidocaine jelly is fairly non-invasive. Then ?Biopsy is invasive. Read more...

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...
Mostly other . Problems. Urine examination can be used to diagnose bladder cancer, but urinalysis is used far more often for other issues, e.g., urinary infection, metabolic diseases like diabetes etc. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/urine-test. Read more...

Have high deductible. Is there one best test for bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer. Cystoscopy and biopsy of the bladder mass would be something that you should have to establish a diagnosis of bladder cancer. Then, a ct scan would need to be done to complete staging work-up-especially if the biopsy shows that there is muscle involvement. Discuss with your md the best approach for you in detail. Read more...
In our idiotic. System of insurance roulette, the critical test is the cystoscopy and biopsy; the most expensive test is the pet scan (discerns stage, and metastasis. You have a life threatening, function threatening illness, how much it cost is a business and financial question. Too bad insurance is a business trying to reduce their risk at our expense. Good luck to you. Read more...

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...

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...