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Ways to test for bladder cancer

Posted on February 17th, 2012 No Comments

While there are many causes of bladder cancer, and often the cause is unknown, recent research has shown that taking Type 2 diabetes medication Actos can cause bladder cancer. If you or someone you love has taken this drug, you should contact your physician about getting tested for bladder cancer.

Ways to test for bladder cancer include urine testing, cytoscopy, imaging tests, and biopsies. With a urine test, patients simply provide a urine sample, and doctors can use the sample to test for signs of cancer. Cytoscopy requires anaesthesia because doctors place a cytoscope through the patient’s urethra. In this test, a doctor is able to see inside the bladder, using the cytoscope like a microscope.

There are a variety of imaging tests that doctors can use to try to detect cancer. For example, X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans of the bladder and other parts of the body may be able to show the presence of cancerous cells and if they have spread. Lastly, a biopsy involves removing a small piece of tissue from the bladder and sending it to a lab to be tested for cancer.

To speak with an attorney about developing bladder cancer after taking Type 2 diabetes medication Actos, contact the Bladder Cancer and Actos attorneys of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-641-9810 today.

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