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 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 
You may have heard about the BTA stat test and its effectiveness for detecting recurrent bladder cancer tumors. 


Here are some common questions and answers to help you better understand this test and how you or a family member may benefit from it.

 

How common is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer among men and the eighth most common among women. Approximately 60,000 new cases are diagnosed in the US each year. This adds to the 600,000 bladder cancer patients who require lifelong monitoring.

Why is it important for bladder cancer

patients to be monitored for a lifetime?

Approximately 8 out of 10 newly diagnosed bladder cancer patients show recurrence - that is the cancer returns - within the first year. Early detection greatly increases the chance of survival. The five year survival rate is 90% if the cancer is caught early and 10% if it is detected late.

Why is the BTA stat Test important?

The test may provide doctors with information that could lead to early detection of recurrent bladder cancer therefore providing for earlier treatment and increased survival rates.  

What is the BTA stat Test?

The BTA stat Test is a simple one-step test that measures an substance produced by bladder tumors. The test is simple, uses only 5 drops of urine, and takes 5 minutes.

Is there any discomfort or 

special procedures?

No! The test requires one urine sample. The sample is collected in a plastic cup provided by the doctor.

 

How is the test done?

A urine sample is collected in a plastic cup. The test is performed by the doctor or his staff using 5 drops of the urine and then waiting 5 minutes for the result. The test may also be done by the patient at home.

 

How does the test work?

The BTA stat Test uses special antibodies to detect a substance released into urine by bladder cancer cells. The presence of this substance in urine will cause a colored line to form.

How do you know the test works?

The BTA stat Test was evaluated in different cities with patients diagnosed with bladder cancer. The study showed that the test detected as many as 9 out of 10 early stage cancers. The test was negative in 19 out of 20 healthy people. However, there are conditions other than bladder cancer that can cause positive results. The results of the test will be used by the doctor along with other information to determine the best course of action for a patient. 

Who should use the BTA stat Test?

Any person who has ever been diagnosed with bladder cancer and is under a doctor's care could benefit from the test. 

How often should the BTA stat Test be run?

How often the test is run is based on the patient's condition and risk. These are determined by their doctor. 

How can I have a BTA stat Test run?

Ask your doctor to run the test or prescribe it for you to use at home.

Ask your doctor about the BTA stat test for the detection of recurrent bladder cancer.

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