Contact: (0191) 2138580 – Sister Clare Bird, Uro-oncology Nurse Specialist
The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine, known as haematuria; pain is unusual. The colour may vary depending on the amount of blood and sometimes blood clots can form. It may be present some days and not others.
There are other reasons why you might have haematuria, but it is important to have it checked as soon as possible. Your GP will refer you to our Haematuria Clinic and you will be seen in our clinic.
We run four haematuria clinics a week at the Freeman Hospital. With most of our patients coming from across the North East, we work in close partnership with local hospitals and hold clinics in the following locations so that you do not have to travel as far:
Please contact us for further information about these clinics or ask at one of the hospitals above.
The Newcastle Haematuria Clinic is held in the Urology Investigation Suite at the Freeman Hospital.
When you arrive in the Urology Investigation Suite, you will be seen by a member of staff experienced in problems associated with the bladder. They will discuss your symptoms and explain what to expect during your time in the clinic. You may find it helpful to bring a friend or relative with you.
During the course of the morning you will also meet staff from the Radiology Department when you have your scans, and medical and nursing staff when you have your bladder examination.
There are a range of tests and investigations which you will have during the course of the clinic. The tests will include:
Under some circumstances it may be recommended that some tissue samples (biopsies) be taken, in which case you will need another appointment to have a general anaesthetic. The biopsies are examined under a microscope to establish whether or not there are any cancerous cells, and if so, what kind they are.
We will be able to discuss your ultrasound, x-ray and bladder examination results with you in the clinic.
Your blood and urine results will be sent to your GP when we receive them. At the end of the consultation the doctor will write a letter to you and your GP, and you will be given a copy of this letter before you leave.