This procedure involves the removal of a suspicious sample of bladder tissue to check for the presence of abnormal, or cancerous, cells.
A bladder biopsy is the removal of a suspicious sample of bladder tissue to check for the presence of abnormal, or cancerous, cells. It is usually done during a cystoscopy.
There are several factors that may increase your chance of developing bladder cancer.
At this time, there is no conclusive evidence that links artificial sweeteners and bladder cancer.
The symptoms of bladder cancer can also be caused by other common bladder conditions, such as a urinary tract infection. Some of these symptoms include:
As the cancer advances, other symptoms can develop. These symptoms can include:
Contact your healthcare provider if you have any of the above symptoms. He or she will review your symptoms and perform a physical examination. Your provider may also recommend one of the following tests:
Your healthcare provider may recommend a cystoscopy and biopsy to determine if an abnormality is cancer. If the biopsy indicates you have bladder cancer, more testing (CT scan or MRI) may be needed.
The cystoscopy and biopsy will likely be performed in an operating room with medication to help you relax.
Prior to the procedure, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). You should also ask about specific instructions to follow before and after the procedure. These include:
Contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of bladder cancer. Be prepared to discuss your symptoms and how long you have had them.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a bladder biopsy?
Do not forget to arrange for transportation to and from the facility and for help at home.
After your procedure, you should know what you had done, what medication was given and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider after discharge. Make sure you understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans. Your surgeon should also communicate with your primary care physician.
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