Usually. Most patients with bladder cancer will have detectable levels of blood in the urine (hematuria). Sometimes it is visible to the patient while other times it is only seen microscopically. In unusual cases might a person be diagnosed with cancer in the bladder with no hematuria.
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.
How to diagnose bladder cancer? I have blood in my urine. Can a urine test show if I have bladder cancer? Do other signs of bladder cancer show up in urine, like maybe cancer cells?
Blood. Blood in your urine, known as hematuria, can be either gross (visible to the naked eye) or microscopic (invisible to the naked eye, thus found only upon testing or urinalysis). Bladder & kidney infections can cause hematuria. So can kidney stones. However, these three possibilities are typically associated w/discomfort & pain. Painless hematuria is more worrisome for bladder cancer, especially in smokers and those exposed to (carcinogenic) chemicals at work. The diagnosis can be made by your family physician via urine testing, either cytology (looking for cancer cells) or bard bta (looking for tumor antigen). If both of those tests are negative but the reason for the painless hematuria remains elusive, then a cystoscopy (visual examination of your bladder via a small camera inside a tube via your urethra) can be performed by a urologist. Biopsies can be taken at this time to determine the nature and extent of the cancer. Sometimes, other tests will be performed looking to see if there's disease anywhere else. For instance, an intravenous pyelogram will allow us to visualize your kidneys & ureters, in addition to the bladder. An abdominal and/or pelvic ct will allow us to visualize any adjacent structures for spread.
Bladder cancer. The definitive test remains cystoscopy. This must be performed by a qualified urologist. It can, however, usually be performed in the office.
Bladder ca. Usually urine testing and a cysto or bladder scope need to be done for fiagnosis.
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.
Yes. Given the stated conditions, here is no doubt that you should be examined by a urologist as soon as possible.
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.
Could be. Gross painless hematuria is bladder czncer until proven otherwise.
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?
Source in GU tract. Wait for full report, further evaluation by tests. It is good no visible tumor, always possible to have an early recurrence not seen by necked eye only by urine cytology, even if it is, possible to get rid of it. Speak to your doctor.
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.
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.
If you are under. 40, yes. Bladder cancer is not common, does not happen under 40, usually introduced by bleeding in your urine.
It can be. It could be many things from bladder or kidney cancer to excessive physical work. Sometimes "blod in the urine".
Possibly. Blood in the urine should never be ignored or assumed to be benign until proven otherwise. See a urologist.
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.
Not necessarily. Hematuria can be caused by tumors, infection, foreign bodies (i.E bladder stones), trauma (including procedures) to name a few. It should be evaluated with a good history/physical exam, cystoscopy and an imaging study (usually a ct scan). Urine culture with sensitivity (before cysto) and urine cytology. Depending on findings other tests or procedures may be indicated.
Before. Before I tell you possible symptoms, it is very important to let you know that the pain and blood you describe could be from an infection or conditions other than cancer. Possible symptoms of bladder cancer include blood in the urine, pain with urination, feeling the need to urinate more often, back pain, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and losing weight. If you have pain and bloody urine, you should see your doctor so that he or she can determine and treat the cause. Stay well.
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.