I had my MRI today before my TUR on Monday and the doctor called to advise me that everything looked clean. He knew how upset I have been. What a relief for now. Still worrying over the TUR and whether it will be invasive or not. URO is optimistic that if any invasiveness it should be minimal. He felt nothing to make him believe that it is invading out towards the muscle. Hopefully he has a sensitive finger.
I am a patient of Dr. Schoenberg's and I would say he is the best. I choose him after seeing six different Dr.'s. I traveled 4 hours to see him and it was well worth it,he saved my life.
I ended up being a Stage 3 with the bladder cancer going into my uterus which was removed along with a cysectomy on May 25,2006. I have been cancer free for 18 months living with a neobladder which works pretty well during the day, only at night I still leak. But my life is pretty much back to normal thanks to Dr. Mark Schoenberg. He has a lot of experience and appears to care about you. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Also Rosemary I made an appointment for a second opinion of my results which I will have early next week after my TUR this Friday. Through this website I saw the name of Dr. Mark Schoemberg at Hopkins and was able to make an appointment for 12/18/07. This will be about 2 weeks after the TUR. It appears from this website that he is an excellent doctor.
my dad is 64. he went to the urologist after blood in urine and uti that would not resolve (he also has bph). md did scope in office, he had one tumor the size of thumb tip. he went in to have tumor removed, md felt he had removed everything, after tumor removed he was given chemo into his bladder just in case any loose cancer cells were left over. he has a t1 tumor with grade 2-3. the md stated that the protocol with t1 tumors is to automatically go in again to make sure nothing was missed and there is no residual tumor. he will have the second procedure next week, after that he will start immunotherapy. the tumor has not spread elsewhere which is good. my dad is back to normal with his activities, he sometimes still has some urgency when using the bathroom and still has to get up at night to use the bathroom but is down to about 2 times a night. this last month has been such a difficult time but the md has given him a good prognosis, he has told him he will live a full lifespan and that this can be taken care of. i have done alot of research, bladder cancer caught at a early stage like my dad's is very treatable. my dad's tumor is in the superficial category and is not invasive. i hope this helps, i know that it has helped me to hear about others that have gone through this. please take care and let me know how you are doing.