Bladder cancer

If your physician suspects bladder cancer, you may wonder what your treatment options are. The Netherlands Cancer Institute offers rapid diagnostics for an increasing number of tumor types such as muscle invasive bladder cancer. If possible, all diagnostic tests required to diagnose you will take place on the same day.

Multidisciplinary team meeting

Your results and preliminary treatment plan will be discussed during a multidisciplinary team meeting involving all specialists (from our Urology, Radiology, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Health, Pathology, and Medical Oncology departments). You will receive your results, as well as a preliminary treatment plan, during a consultation with your clinical nurse specialist or urologist one week after your diagnostic tests.

What to expect

Once your registration by your general practitioner or practicing physician is complete, you will be contacted by the Netherlands Cancer Institute’s clinical planning department. They will let you know whether rapid diagnostics is an option for you, and can tell you more about the process. Rapid diagnostics is a demanding process and can be exhausting. You will undergo various diagnostics tests during the day.

We expect any patient undergoing our Rapid Diagnostics to be physically able to handle such a day. We also recommend bringing a loved one for support.

Preparations and tests

You will receive a letter from our planning department, containing information about what to bring to your consultation. Please read this letter carefully and fill out the questionnaire(s), if applicable. This can help you feel more prepared for your consultations, and will allow you to come up with questions before your visit.

Some of the diagnostic tests you can expect during your rapid diagnostics for cervical cancer are: a blood test, cystoscopy, and sometimes a PET/CT scan. You may need to come in for additional tests on a later day. While we try to speed up the process as much as possible, many people will need to come back later for their final results and treatment plan.

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