Bladder cancer diagnosis
If your doctor suspects you have bladder cancer, they will examine you and arrange tests. The tests you have will depend on your specific situation and may include:
- general tests to check your overall health and body function
- tests to find cancer
- further tests to see if the cancer has spread (metastasised).
Some tests may be repeated later to see how the treatment is working. If you feel anxious waiting for test results, it may help to talk to a friend, family member or health professional, or call Cancer Council 13 11 20.
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Prof Dickon Hayne, UWA Medical School, The University of Western Australia, and Head, Urology, South Metropolitan Health Service, WA; BEAT Bladder Cancer Australia; Dr Anne Capp, Senior Staff Specialist, Radiation Oncology, Calvary Mater Newcastle, NSW; Marc Diocera, Genitourinary Nurse Consultant, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Dr Peter Heathcote, Senior Urologist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, and Adjunct Professor, Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre, QLD; Melissa Le Mesurier, Consumer; Dr James Lynam, Medical Oncologist Staff Specialist, Calvary Mater Newcastle and The University of Newcastle, NSW; John McDonald, Consumer; Michael Twycross, Consumer; Rosemary Watson, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council Victoria.
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