At the University of Chicago Medicine, we use the latest technology and diagnostic techniques to deliver a definitive bladder cancer diagnosis that is used to create an individualized treatment plan.
Through our advanced diagnostics, we can conclude whether you have:
- Localized, noninvasive bladder cancer, also referred to as superficial bladder cancer, which is when the cancer is contained within the bladder and has not invaded the muscle
- Locally advanced, invasive bladder cancer, which means the cancer is still contained within the bladder but has spread to the muscle layer of the organ
- Metastatic bladder cancer, which occurs when cancer cells have spread beyond the bladder to adjacent organs, lymph nodes, bones or other parts of the body
Our Diagnostic Services
During a cystoscopy, a thin, lighted tube is inserted through the urethra to allow your physician to thoroughly examine the inside of your bladder and identify the presence of any abnormalities.
UChicago Medicine is one of a few hospitals in Chicago that performs blue light cystoscopies. Blue light cystoscopies use color contrast to highlight tumors that could be missed during a traditional cystoscopy. This innovative technology provides our physicians with an enhanced view of the bladder, increasing the accuracy of the diagnosis.
A biopsy is when cells are collected for further evaluation. During a biopsy, a special tool with a wire loop is passed through the scope during a cystoscopy to remove a tumor or tissue from the bladder for examination. Often, biopsies will be done on multiple parts of the bladder. This will help your physician determine if the cancer has invaded the muscle or identify cancerous changes in the organ.
For patients who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, your physician may perform additional imaging tests to assess the extent of your cancer or determine whether or not it has spend to other organs or bones. Additional tests include:
- Bone scan
- Chest X-ray
- Computed tomography (CT scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Positron emission tomography (PET)/CT scan
Get a Second Opinion
Participate in a Bladder Cancer Clinical Trial
– Schedule a virtual video visit to see a provider from the comfort of your home
– Newly diagnosed patients can schedule a 15-minute introductory Express Expert Cancer Opinion virtual session at no cost
– Request an online second opinion from our specialists
To speak to someone directly, please call 1-855-702-8222. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.
For Referring Physicians
To refer a patient for cancer care, please call UCM Physician Connect at 1-800-824-2282.
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