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Blue Light Cystoscopy With Cysview

Every year, more than 80,000 cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. As the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the nation and the fourth most common cancer found in men, it’s vital that people who have bladder cancer or who are at risk for developing the disease receive the most accurate diagnosis, so that an effective plan of care can begin.

One screening urology specialists perform to find bladder cancer is called a cystoscopy.

What is a cystoscopy?

A cystoscopy is a screening for both men and women. It allows urologists to view the inside of the bladder in detail. During the screening, a thin instrument equipped with a tiny camera and a white light is passed through the urethra into the bladder to spot areas of concern. Cystoscopies have proven effective bladder care and in diagnosing bladder cancer.

Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview

The bladder — a small, fist-sized organ — is made up of multiple layers, and some areas that could be of concern are harder to diagnose because they are harder to see under a white light cystoscopy alone. The blue light procedure is performed the same way as the standard cystoscopy, only instead of solely using a white light, doctors also utilize an innovative blue light to illuminate hard-to-see cancerous areas. During the blue light screening, the imaging solution Cysview is injected into the bladder and absorbed by cancerous tissue, making them “glow” florescent pink under blue light and furthermore easier to spot, where they can then develop a treatment plan to completely remove the cancer.

White light cystoscopy versus Blue Light Cystocopy with Cysview:

Who is at risk for bladder cancer?

There are certain risk associated with developing bladder cancer. Those who are at a greater risk of are people with a history of tobacco use, people age 55 and older and those who have a history of having workplace exposures such as radiation and certain chemicals and dyes. There are also different types of bladder cancer, and some are more invasive than others. Men are more at risk for bladder cancer than women; however, the risk increases for both men and women as they age. Other risk factors for bladder cancer include:

  • Chronic or recurrent urinary infections
  • History of bladder cancer or other urothelial cancers
  • Exposure to certain kinds of chemotherapy, including radiation
  • Family history of bladder cancer
  • Genetics

What are the signs and symptoms of bladder cancer?

There are several signs and symptoms associated with bladder cancer, including:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Lower back or abdominal pain

If you have any of the risk factor or have experienced the symptoms mentioned above, speak with a urology specialist and learn what you can do about them and how blue light cystoscopies can help catch bladder cancer early.

Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview allows Tanner’s urologists to offer patients the most comprehensive treatment plans for their conditions, and Tanner is the only provider in the region offering this advanced approach to bladder cancer care.

To schedule an appointment with a urology specialist on staff at Tanner, call 678-661-2664.

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