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Bladder cancer diagnosis

If your healthcare provider believes you may have bladder cancer, you will need certain exams and tests to be sure.  These tests may occasionally be used in combination to assess for bladder cancer.

In addition to undergoing an examination, you should expect to be asked questions about your health history, your symptoms, risk factors, and family history of disease. Understanding your background will help your provider make a diagnosis.

You may have one of the following tests:

  • Urine Testing. In this test, your urine may be investigated for abnormal cancer cells (urine cytology) or may be examined for abnormal materials in the urine such as blood (urinalysis).
  • Cystoscopy. A urologist may insert a small scope into the bladder through the urethra to look for tumors within the bladder.
  • Imaging Test. An X-ray image or CT scan may reveal any abnormalities that your healthcare providers are searching for. These imaging tests can help assess for the spread of tumor.
  • Getting your test results

    Following your test, your nurse navigator will inform you when you can expect the results of your imaging test or biopsy. Further management will be recommended at that time.