Detecting Bladder Cancer With a Urine Test
Getting tested for bladder cancer can give you peace of mind and ensure you receive any treatment you may need. Unfortunately, many traditional methods of bladder cancer detection have downsides — they can be uncomfortable, expensive and sometimes inaccurate.
Thankfully, recent innovations have made it possible to accurately detect bladder cancer using a simple urine test. When combined with other diagnostic procedures as recommended by your doctor, Cxbladder - a cutting edge urine-based molecular diagnostic test - can find bladder cancer early, without the discomfort or expense of an invasive procedure.
Traditional Methods of Detection
Traditionally, if your doctor had reasons to suspect bladder cancer, he or she would recommend one or more conventional tests. These tests might involve taking a urine sample, taking a biopsy from inside the bladder or using various imaging tests to see the structures of the urinary tract.
Some of the most common means of diagnosing bladder cancer include:
- Cystoscopy: In this test, a small tube with an attached camera is inserted into the bladder through the urethra. Using the camera, the doctor examines the inside of the bladder for signs of cancer.
- Biopsy: During a cystoscopy, doctors sometimes use a tool to take a biopsy of a suspected tumor. The sampled tissue is removed from the body and tested to confirm the bladder cancer diagnosis and find out the type of tumor (stage and grade).
- Cytology: Cytology attempts to diagnose bladder cancer by counting the cancer cells in a urine sample. However, because cytology relies on people to manually count cells under a microscope, the results can sometimes be unreliable.
Though traditional methods of diagnosing bladder cancer help many patients, they aren't perfect. Invasive procedures such as cystoscopy can be expensive and uncomfortable, and they often miss early signs of bladder cancer, when the disease is contained in just a few cells.
Urine tests like cytology offer a less invasive option but sacrifice reliability. Cytology also struggles to detect early-stage bladder cancer because cancer cells don't show up in the urine in high quantities early on.
A Non-Invasive Option for Detecting Bladder Cancer
If you think you may have bladder cancer, you might wonder if a non-invasive blood test can detect the disease. While no blood test for bladder cancer currently exists, you can benefit from a similar non-invasive option: a urine test that checks for genetic signatures of bladder cancer.
Cxbladder is a collection of non-invasive urine tests that help detect bladder cancer by measuring the quantities of five genetic biomarkers present in higher quantities in the urine of patients with bladder cancer.
By checking for warning signs at the molecular level, Cxbladder can find cancer earlier than many other options. With a single urine sample, Cxbladder can provide reassurance and peace of mind.
Ask Your Doctor About Cxbladder
Getting tested for bladder cancer is the first step toward getting the medical help you need. As a non-invasive method of detection, Cxbladder makes cancer testing available to anyone.
Ask your doctor whether Cxbladder could help you rule out bladder cancer and contact us for more information today.
Last Updated: 17 Sep 2020 10:54 am
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