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12 years 2 weeks ago #2444 by wildbill
Hi mike you can and will stop smoking it is easy . I stoped on 9-29-2005 beforeI knew I had cancer. I found out about that on 1-??-2006 I just stoped it was that easy man just do it. I dont even want one. I cant believe I smoked 30 some years not alot but i did smoke... You will find it will make you sick to be around people that do . And once you do not smoke you will wonder why people do they stink and you think i used to smell like that yuk yuk yuk and more yuk

Good luck mike.
Wildbill

Bill H
dob 4-19-1955
Live in la.ca
Plumber 1972----forever
12 grandkids
5 great grandkids

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12 years 2 weeks ago #2438 by Mike
Hi,

I know exactly how Bubbles feels!!!

NO - I meant about Mark - he had his op. on the 8th. facing two other personal challenges alcohol and tobacco but with a good lady helping him - then silence.

How did it go or was it such a breeze and such good results it is now a thing of the past?

I do hope so - but NEVER miss a check-up and NEVER ignore a symptom.

Regards,
Greg L-W.

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12 years 2 weeks ago #2434 by Mike
Hi Mark
I'm just being nosy ::)

Did you start your BCG's?

How are the other life battles going? :-?



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12 years 2 weeks ago #2433 by mmc
Mark,

There are a lot of things out there to help quit smoking now. I'm on the patches. Kind of lucky that here in Colorado I get 12 weeks of patches for free! Part of the tobacco settlement money that the states got. The other thing I think whenever I get the urge to smoke is "Damn things GAVE me cancer".

It's a little different than "Gee, someday I might get cancer if I smoke." We DID get cancer from the cigarettes and it's VERY likely to return if smoking continues.

Best of luck with quitting. It's hard, but worth it.

Of course, I'm only on week 3 (today) of being a former smoker, but it's a thought that has helped me push the temptation away.

1-800-quit-now is a U.S. wide support line for quitting and they have lots of good information.

Trying to get my son to quit now. He's only 25 but his wife is pregnant (she just quit also) and hasn't smoked as many years as I have.

I quit 2 days after getting the pathology result of CIS. No other tumor found so far, but there is something "suspicious" inside the bladder wall on the CT scan (11/15/06). They aren't sure if it's from the TUR (10/31/06) and radiology says it's too risky to do a needle biopsy. I suppose, if it is cancer they don't want to drag cancer cells through my abdomen to get it out.

So...I get to wait 4 more weeks for another CAT scan to see if anything is different. Not fun.

Had to delay my BCG because there was still blood in the urine after the TUR. Looks like I start that on 11/28/06.

Since the CIS was the only thing found (except for the unknown area in the CT scan) and it was only about 1 cm x 3 cm of CIS, I'm hoping the BCG fixes it and that we caught it early.

My symptoms (getting UTI's) started June 2005. Kept coming and going and since the antibiotics seemed to get rid of the pain and reduce the urgency, we all thought it was just UTI's. The urine tests showed blood in the urine for me and I did have pain so I finally got a referral to a urologist and he did a quick cysto in the office and found the mark. He found it the day before I took off on business for a 3 week trip out of the country. We did schedule the TUR for the day after I returned, so it's been pretty quick to get things done so far. Gald for that.

Best of luck from another newbie and another new Non-smoker.

Mike
47yr male.
smoked 33 yrs.
dx CIS 11/3/06
last cigarette 11/4/06 9:35PM.

Age 54
10/31/06 dx CIS (TisG3) non-invasive (at 47)
9/19/08 TURB/TUIP dx Invasive T2G3
10/8/08 RC neobladder(at 49)
2/15/13 T4G3N3M1 distant metastases(at 53)
9/2013 finished chemo -cancer free again
1/2014 ct scan results....distant mets
2/2014 ct result...spread to liver, kidneys, and lymph...

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12 years 1 month ago #2043 by Mike
Hi Mark

Congrats on your sobriety :-* Hubby has been sober since last December. It really has made our life together much more enjoyable. Considering he is also newly diagnosed with BC I am glad that he isn't drinking. A healthy body will recuperate faster. Now if I could only get him to eat an occasional fruit or vegetable..... ::)

I'll be keeping my eyes on your updates. If you had the willpower and the strength to beat the bottle you can give this cancer a real good fight! ;D

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12 years 1 month ago #2036 by Rosie
Mark,

There have been many statements of T1 being understaged stating various percentages of the time. I want to clarify to you and all that T1 is often overstaged also. - http://www.blcwebcafe.org/padova1.asp bottom of page REVIEW PATHOLOGY. WHY IT IS CRITICAL.

T Category variation
According to the literature, an initial T1 tumor is downstaged to Ta between 35-53% of cases, while between 3 and 10% of them a T2 or higher is considered


My initial pathology was stated as a T1a (verbally by doctor as the pathology report itself did not state anything other than papillary TCC grade 11/111. Because of the initial opinion of my urologist, I went through 21 needless and inaffective BCG treatments. I have had recurrences and changed urologist. The path reports state a papillary TCC TA grade 1/III or 11/III

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