The diagnosis of bladder cancer is usually established by cystoscopy (looking into your bladder with a small telescope). Evaluating a urine sample for evidence of cancer cells may be helpful. However, we do not do these tests/evaluations without a reason to be suspicious that a person has a possibility of having such a cancer. Findings such as blood in the urine (mid-stream sample) or new onset irritative voiding symptoms, especially in an individual who is at particular risk (smokers, chemical workers, leather and paint workers).
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"Your doctor has several diagnostic tools to establish a diagnosis of bladder cancer, including radiology, cystoscopy and pathology. However, a definitive diagnosis of bladder cancer can only be made by examining bladder tissue which is performed by a pathologist. "--http://pathology2.jhu.edu/bladder_cancer/diagnoss.cfm
Other diagnostics are:
An Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)
Computed Tomography (CT)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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