I pretty much said so under your other thread.
Get to urologist.
Yes, the nocturia is relevant to a referral to urologist. There are LOTS of people who never smoked who wind up with bladder cancer.
Doesn't mean you have it but it AT LEAST warrants a visit with a urologist.
IMHO, with your symptoms and history, you should already be under the care of a urologist....and this has nothing to do with bladder cancer! There ARE things that can be done to alleviate your symptoms, and a GP is not the one to help you.
When your GP "diagnosed" a UTI, did he take a culture of the urine to see what bacteria might be there? In my experience, the physician usually puts you on a "pretty good" antibiotic, but does a culture in case the bug isn't sensitive to that antibiotic.
And, as Catherine says, many of us here are not "elderly male smokers"...which is the classic profile for bladder cancer. IF you should have bladder cancer, early diagnosis is very important. And as I mentioned above, a urologist can most likely help your symptoms no matter what.
When you select a urologist, try to find one who is not just a prostate specialist! There are those who specialize in women's issues.
Good luck to you
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
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8 years 7 months ago - 8 years 7 months ago#41485by CatherineH
Hello... I believe your doctor is wrong! There really isn't a "typical" profile for bladder cancer any more. A lot of doctors (including some urologists unfortunately) don't seem to have updated their thinking on that.
Just look through the thread under Chit Chat asking at what age members were diagnosed. You'll see ages from mid-30's through 70 with many in the 40's and 50's, and one 20-something. I was diagnosed at age 55 with only a slight bit of pink on the toilet tissue a couple of times.
Please insist on an evaluation by a urologist! Women especially may be dismissed as having female disorders or just given an antibiotic for an infection. Ask any questions you wish and we will try our best to answer them.
Best wishes... Catherine
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TURBT 1/21/10 at age 55
Dx: T2aN0M0 Primary Bladder Adenocarcinoma
Partial Cystectomy 2/25/10
Vanderbilt Medical Center
8 years 7 months ago - 8 years 7 months ago#41474by clot726
Hello, new here
I'm a 43 y.o. female nonsmoker with a history of urinary frequency (including nocturia) without pain or other urinary symptoms for at least 6 years.
A few days ago, I started seeing bright red clots in my urine, went to my PCP who prescribed an antibiotic to rule out a possible UTI. Have had no other symptoms, except one night with fever and chills (possible side effect of antibiotic?)
Again am asymptomatic, except for continued gross hematuria (clots), as well as reduced urinary frequency. Actually, since I have chronic polyuria, this might be "normal"
Will continue the antibiotic and hope the hematuria is gone. However, am alarmed that this might be a possible sign of bladder cancer even if the hematuria resolves, after researching BC online.
My PCP thinks I'm at low risk for BC based on my profile. However, I don't think I talked about the chronic urinary frequency during this last visit and wondering if it may be linked to this latest symptom. For example, I get up to void 2-3x at night.
During the day, I go over 10x, and often when on the toilet I void normally but notice that if I sat there, I can continue to trickle small amounts of urine on demand even though there is no urgency. So it seems like my bladder does not empty as fully as it should, or maybe this is normal... ?
My bladder empties a large amount and seems to produce continually small amounts if I continue to sit on the toilet....
Hopefully this isn't TMI but so new to this and confused.
I've read many of the posts here and see how a cystoscopy can be beneficial. My PCP said that if the symptoms resolve, no need for a urologist.
However, I'm wondering if I should see one anyway, based on the many here who have described how silent this cancer can be and how that test could detect things at an early stage.
Any input would be appreciated.
edit: just realized the Newly Diagnosed forum may be where i should have posted