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The Cystoscopy Experience

A cystoscopy is a standard procedure used in both diagnosing bladder cancer and the surveillance of any bladder cancer recurrence.

The scope, as it is often referred to, can conjure a mix of emotions depending on the person. For that, we have brought together a series of scope experiences and practices to make your next trip to the urologist a little less uncomfortable and unpredictable.

What is a cystoscopy?

Before we jump in, let's start with the basics of a cystoscopy, how a urologist utilizes this procedure, and what for. Plus, read up on some advancements in other diagnostic tools for bladder cancer.

What is a Cystoscopy?Editorial TeamInching Toward a World With Fewer CystoscopiesRenata Louwers

From the bladder cancer community

It is no secret that everyone's cystoscopy experience may vary. Some people find the procedure to be uncomfortable – to say the least – while others find it to be relatively painless.

No matter where you stand, the community is here to provide their best tips and words of wisdom whether this is your very first scope or not!

Community Feedback: The Cystoscopy ExperienceEditorial TeamPractical Tips for Dealing with the Discomfort of a CystoscopyEditorial TeamInterview with Basil: Managing Scope PainEditorial Team

The urologist

Unsurprisingly, knowing and trusting the doctor or health professional performing your scopes is invaluable. You want someone who will take time to talk you through the process, especially if it is your first time, and answer any questions you and your family may have.

Inclusive of this are questions that can be helpful in making sure the urologist will be the best fit for you and your situation.

Finding and Choosing Your UrologistEditorial TeamThe Urologist and Meeting My New Urologist for the First TimeMac Howard

First-person scope experiences

Find some solace from our Patient Leader team and their cystoscopy experience, and know you are not alone in your scope experience.

My Typical CystoscopyJennifer TothThe Scope and The Scope 2.0: Quarterly Check-UpsMac HowardA Brief History of My Bladder Cancer: Blood in My Urine to a CystectomyPaul Herbert

Every experience is different

Every person with bladder cancer will experience the cystoscopy experience differently. We hope that shedding just a little more light helps you in managing the logistics and emotions that can so often accompany a scope appointment.

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