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What tests are there for bladder cancer?
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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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Dr. George Klauber
All of the above plus urine cytology and actually often detect cancer cells in the urine. Bladder Tumor Antige, BTA test is very unreliable.
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