Urethral Cancer Diagnosis

Getting the right diagnosis means getting the right treatment and, ultimately better outcomes. State-of-the-art technology plus world-class pathology analysis combine for accurate diagnosis, staging and personalized treatment planning. Some of the tests include:

  • Urine tests: Urine samples are tested in the laboratory for blood, cancer cells and other signs of disease.
  • Cystoscopy: A thin, lighted tube called a cystoscope is used to examine the inner surface of the urethra and bladder for abnormalities. A biopsy may be taken in order to examine the urethral tissue.
  • Ureteroscopy: A minimally invasive technique during which a thin, lighted flexible scope, called an ureteroscope is passed through the urethra, into the bladder, and then up into the ureters (tubes leading from the kidneys to the bladder).
  • Digital Rectal Exam: A doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to feel for any abnormal area that might be a cancer.
  • Pelvic Exam: An exam of the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and rectum.
  • Chest X-Ray: An x-ray of the chest, lungs, heart, large arteries, ribs, and diaphragm.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scan: An x-ray machine linked to a computer takes a series of detailed pictures of the urinary tract.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan: An MRI scan uses a large magnet, a computer and radio waves to look inside and evaluate parts of the body.