Receiving a proper bladder cancer diagnosis usually involves a series of tests. At Moffitt Cancer Center’s Genitourinary Oncology Clinic, most of the patients we see have already received a preliminary diagnosis from a physician outside of the Moffitt team, and are seeking a second opinion or exploring alternative treatment options. When this is the case, we examine existing slides, X-rays, contrast studies and any other tests that have documented the potential of bladder cancer. Of course, we also conduct these tests for patients who have come right to us looking for answers to their medical concerns.
In either case, our experts will also conduct tests that examine the urine, as well as examine the vagina or rectum through an internal exam, in order to accurately determine whether tumors are present on the bladder. These tests may include:
- Urinalysis – A test to determine the levels of sugar, protein and red and white blood cells in the urine, all of which may indicate the presence of cancer and to what extent it has developed.
- Urine cytology – An examination of urine under a microscope to determine whether abnormal cells are present.
- Imaging – Our team can conduct ultrasounds, intravenous pyelogram (IVP) X-rays, CT scans and MRIs to get detailed pictures of the bladder – helpful tools in developing the most accurate, comprehensive bladder cancer diagnosis.
- Cystoscopy – A procedure wherein a lighted tube with a lens is inserted into the bladder through the urethra to visually examine the bladder and, if necessary, remove tissue samples for a biopsy.
Moffitt Cancer Center is one of the nation’s premier cancer facilities, always striving to not only perform the most reliable bladder cancer diagnosis, but also provide the most advanced treatment options so that our patients can continue living life to the fullest. We assess each patient on a case-by-case basis, our multispecialty tumor board paying careful attention to the particular dynamics of each person’s condition and developing a targeted, individualized treatment plan. As part of our Genitourinary Oncology Program, each patient receives the comprehensive, compassionate care he or she deserves.