Patient Guide to Cysview® blue light cystoscopy for detection of bladder cancer
Only available by prescription from your heathcare provider.
What is a Cystoscopy?
Cystoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look directly inside your bladder. A cystoscopy may be used to help find the cause of symptoms, or to treat or monitor conditions. Cystoscopy lets the doctor inspect your bladder lining very closely for any abnormal growths or suspicious areas.
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What is a cystoscope?
A thin, tube-like telescope called a cystoscope is carefully passed up the urethra (the tube through which urine leaves your body) and into the bladder. Tiny surgical instruments can be passed through the cystoscope so that samples of tissue can be removed (called a biopsy) then sent to the laboratory to be examined.
Cystoscopy also can be used for giving treatment directly to the bladder. Some procedures require a type of anesthesia. You may wish to discuss any questions about anesthesia with your healthcare provider. Your healthcare professional may instruct you to fast or have a light breakfast.
What is a Cysview blue light cystoscopy?
Cysview blue light cystoscopy helps your healthcare professional detect bladder cancer tumors. Healthcare professionals trained in cystoscopic procedures perform Cysview blue light cystoscopy, consisting of two parts: conventional white light and blue light. This test will be performed in the hospital operating room on an outpatient or inpatient basis.
Approximately 2oz. of Cysview, a clear, colorless solution, is gradually delivered into the bladder (instilled) through a sterile plastic tube specific to this procedure; 1-11⁄2 hours after the Cysview solution has been put into the bladder, the procedure will begin. Do not be alarmed if you cannot hold the solution in your bladder, but let your healthcare professional know if you experience problems.
During the procedure, the bladder is examined in white and blue light. Cysview accumulates in the tumor cells and glows pink under blue light. The tumor cells are highlighted and stand out against the normal bladder tissue, which keeps its blue appearance.
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