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What are some urine tests that doctors do to help diagnose bladder cancer?

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Urine tests include:

  • Urinalysis. Your doctor will check to see if there’s any blood, or other substances, in your urine.
  • Urine cytology. Your doctor will use a microscope to check your urine for cancer cells.
  • Urine culture. These results will tell your doctor if you have a bladder infection.
  • Urine tumor marker tests. These look for substances that are released by bladder cancer cells. Your doctor may use one or more of these along with a urine cytology to see if you have the disease.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Tests for Bladder Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Cancer Tests and Diagnosis.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Bladder Cancer Diagnosis and Staging (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 03, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Tests for Bladder Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Cancer Tests and Diagnosis.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Bladder Cancer Diagnosis and Staging (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 03, 2019

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