Bladder Tumor Antigen DetectR Urine Test
The Bladder Tumor Antigen DetectR™ Urine Test detects bladder tumor antigens in a urine sample to help screen for bladder cancer.
What are bladder tumors?
Bladder tumors are abnormal growths that occur in the bladder lining. These tumors can be either cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). Bladder tumors are relatively common, with bladder cancer being the fourth most common cancer in men and the ninth most common cancer in women. Risk factors for bladder tumors include smoking, exposure to certain chemicals, chronic bladder infections, and a family history of bladder cancer. Symptoms of bladder tumors can include blood in the urine, frequent urination, pain during urination, and pelvic pain. Treatment options for bladder tumors may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy.
What is the purpose of this test?
The Bladder Tumor Antigen DetectR™ Urine Test is a medical test that is used to detect the presence of bladder cancer in patients. It works by detecting the presence of certain proteins in a patient's urine that are associated with bladder tumors. This test is particularly useful for patients who are at high risk for bladder cancer, such as those with a history of smoking or exposure to certain chemicals.
Early detection of bladder cancer is crucial to successful treatment, and the Bladder Tumor Antigen DetectR™ Urine Test can help aid in early detection. By identifying the presence of bladder cancer early on, patients may have a better chance of successful treatment and a higher chance of survival. Additionally, this test is non-invasive, meaning that it does not require surgery or other invasive procedures to be performed, which can greatly benefit patients by reducing the risks associated with these types of procedures.
When should I order a Bladder Tumor Antigen DetectR™ Urine Test?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms related to bladder tumors. Common signs or symptoms of bladder tumors include:
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Painful or frequent urination
- Back pain
- Pelvic pain
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling in the feet
- Bone pain or tenderness
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