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Bladder Cancer Diagnosis

The most common presenting symptom for bladder cancer is blood in the urine. If you or your doctor notices this, you should be referred to a urologist for further evaluation. The full work up for blood in the urine includes imaging of the lining of the kidneys, ureters and bladder. The best way to do this is with a special CT scan called a CT urogram.

The bladder is best evaluated with a cystoscopy, which is performed by placing a small, flexible telescope into the bladder via the urethra. This can be done with local anesthesia as it is a very short and low risk procedure.

If a mass is seen in the bladder, your urologist should perform a transurethral resection of your bladder tumor (TURBT). The TURBT is important both for treatment and diagnosis. After your TURBT, your urologist should discuss your pathology report with you to review the grade (low or high) of your tumor and the depth of invasion (stage).

To schedule an appointment with a UT Health bladder cancer specialist, call 419.383.6644.

Last Updated: 6/1/16