At Dignity Health Southern California, we understand that experiencing symptoms of bladder cancer can be frustrating. If you have noticed changes in your bladder, our cancer specialists have the knowledge and tools to diagnose, treat, and care for bladder cancer.
You can rely on Dignity Health Southern California hospitals, with locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, and San Bernardino, for a careful assessment of bladder cancer symptoms in Southern California. Find a Doctor today to have your symptoms evaluated.
Signs & Symptoms of Bladder Cancer
Symptoms of bladder cancer usually appear in the beginning stages of the disease. Recognizing the symptoms early on will help your doctor diagnose and treat bladder cancer when it’s most treatable.
During the early stages of bladder cancer, you can experience the following symptoms off and on:
- Orange, pink, or rusty-looking urine due to blood in the urine
- Urinating frequently
- Trouble urinating
- Burning or pain during urination
- Urgent need to urinate
- Weak urine stream
The symptoms above are also present in other conditions, so it’s important to have your doctor provide an accurate diagnosis.
Late-Stage Bladder Cancer Symptoms
During the later stages of the disease, additional symptoms can appear. Some of the symptoms of late-stage bladder cancer are:
- Difficulty urinating
- Appetite loss
- Bone pain
- Swollen feet
- Unintended weight loss
How We Diagnose Bladder Cancer at Dignity Health Southern California
Our aim is to find bladder cancer early when it’s easier to cure. To diagnose urinary bladder cancer, your doctor will:
- Review your medical history
- Perform a physical exam
- Test urine samples
- Perform a cystoscopy, during which a cancer specialist will insert a thin tube into the urinary tract to analyze the bladder lining and take a biopsy
- Take images of your urinary tract with X-rays, a CT scan, or MRI scan
Thorough testing will help your doctor understand your diagnosis to provide effective, personalized treatment. Talk to your doctor today at a Dignity Health Southern California hospital about diagnosing your symptoms.
Cancer specialists at Dignity Health are skilled at diagnosing bladder cancer symptoms in Southern California.