Early detection plays a vital role in the successful treatment of patients with bladder cancer. As a result, many detection methods aim to find bladder cancer as early as possible.
If you have symptoms of bladder cancer, such as blood in your urine, it's important to see your doctor. A bladder cancer test can ensure you receive any necessary treatment and put your mind at ease.
Your doctor may recommend one or more tests or procedures to detect bladder cancer, some of which perform better than others. Let's examine conventional bladder cancer detection methods and consider Cxbladder as a non-invasive alternative.
Invasive Procedures to Diagnose Bladder Cancer
Invasive procedures can supply evidence for a confident bladder cancer diagnosis. However, these procedures can be uncomfortable and expensive, and they may miss some early warning signs.
Invasive procedures used to diagnose bladder cancer include:
- Cystoscopy: The most used method for diagnosing and monitoring bladder cancer, cystoscopy involves the insertion of a small tube into the bladder through the urethra. A connected lens allows your doctor to examine the bladder for visible signs of cancer.
- Biopsy: During a cystoscopy, your doctor might take a biopsy, a tissue sample, from inside the bladder. They will send the tissue sample to a laboratory to determine whether it's cancerous.
Conventional Non-Invasive Tests for Bladder Cancer
In addition to an invasive procedure such as a bladder cystoscopy, doctors may use a rudimentary non-invasive test or an imaging test such as:
- Cytology: Cytology tests for bladder cancer by examining a urine sample for cancer cells under a microscope. Cytology may fail to detect cancer at early stages, when cancer cells end up in the urine less frequently.
- Urine culture: If your doctor wants to rule out a urinary tract infection before ordering bladder cancer tests, they may use a urine culture test. This laboratory method involves culturing a urine sample in a dish to see if bacteria growth occurs.
- Imaging tests: Sometimes, a doctor may use an imaging test such as an X-ray or computerized tomography (CT) urogram to see the structure of the urinary tract and check for cancer. For this test, your doctor may inject a dye into your bloodstream or directly into the bladder using an IV or catheter to see more easily.
Like invasive procedures, cytology and imaging tests can miss bladder cancer in early stages, when it's contained to just a few cells.
A Non-Invasive Detection Alternative
Conventional detection methods for bladder cancer have drawbacks for patient comfort and accuracy. Cxbladder is a non-invasive, urine-based alternative for reliable bladder cancer detection.
Cxbladder tests urine samples for five genetic biomarkers related to bladder cancer, which allows it to detect the disease earlier than many other procedures. In clinical tests, Cxbladder outperformed comparable urine tests and cytology, so it's sensitive enough to determine the probability of cancer with high accuracy.
If you're worried about symptoms of bladder cancer, Cxbladder can offer peace of mind. For more information, talk to your doctor and get in touch with a Cxbladder representative today.
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