Any Actos user who is experiencing symptoms of bladder cancer should undergo a complete evaluation of his or her kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. This is especially important if the patient is over 35-years-old. To properly diagnose Actos bladder cancer, the evaluation should include urine tests, cystourethroscopy, and an imaging test of the kidneys and ureters.
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The following urine tests may be recommended for Actos users with bladder cancer symptoms:
- Urinalysis – Test that uses a chemical dipstick which changes color in response to certain features in the urine, such as white or red blood cells and glucose. The urine may also be looked at under a microscope.
- Urine Cytology – Test that examines urine samples with a microscope to determine if there are abnormal cells being shed from the lining of the bladder. In most cases, a pathologist can identify whether abnormal cells are benign or cancerous.
Imaging tests can be used to detect the presence of any masses or abnormalities in the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. The specific test depends upon the patient’s situation:
- Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) – A radiopaque dye is injected into a vein and later excreted by the kidneys. As the dye passes through the kidney into the bladder, the urinary tract and any cancerous masses can be seen on an x-ray machine.
- Computed Tomography (CT scan) – Imaging test that looks at the structure of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder. CT scans can determine the extent of a cancer, whether there is a blockage in the urinary tract, and if the disease has spread to other parts of the body. Computed tomography scans typically require the use of contrast dye.
A cystoscopy is a test that is performed to examine the lining of the urethra and bladder. This procedure can be done by a urologist in an office or in a hospital operating room. When performed in the office, a numbing gel is applied to the urethra to decrease pain. A small tube with a camera is then inserted into the bladder through the urethra.
With the use of the cystoscope, the doctor looks at the lining of the bladder and urethra. If abnormal tissues are detected, a biopsy can be ordered. Biopsies may also be performed in the office or operating room. The biopsy specimen is looked at under a microscope to see if cancerous cells are present.
Individuals who are referred for a 2nd opinion to a specialized bladder cancer center may be required to repeat the cystoscopy procedure to characterize the tumor in more detail and to help with the planning of treatment.
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