I just have the one Ct scan on my lung and was told to wait at least 2-3 months and then see the pulmonary specialist. I think they will then order another scan so we can make comparisons and diagnosis.
I have been so healthy up to this point in my life so I have no previous things to compare with the lungs or my bladder.
Therefore, we really have no way of knowing how long the cancer has been in my bladder either.
That's why I feel really lucky. I went to an emergi-care for throwing up and ended up finding out all this because of the urine sample they did. Trace amounts of blood in my urine and so she sent me to a urologist. Who knows how long I could have gone never knowing I even had cancer.
Vi...i have the same thing. Do you have any previous x-rays to compare it to?
A nodule in the lung could represent infection, scar or a tumor. Risk of these being cancer depends on age, smoking history, previous cancer history, etc. If there was a previous CT/chest X-ray more than 2 years ago and the nodules were present then the risk of these being cancer is low. In the midwest USA, most of us have a benign fungal infection called histoplasmosis, which may appear as non-calcified nodule. In that case you don't need to worry. An infection may appear as multiple nodules as well. A chest CT would be helpful to figure out if there are more nodules and their sizes. The CT will also be helpful to find out if there are any swollen glands in your chest. You should see a pulmonologist after the CT. Your pulmonologist, depending on your risk factors, will decide whether you should have follow up CT scans every 3-6 months or if you should go for a biopsy. Serial CT scans are indicated to find out whether they change size, shape or character over time. Cancer usually will grow in size whereas a scar or nodule from histoplasmosis will remain unchanged.
I don't think you can have just one cancer "cell" and have somebody find it. It sounds like you had a small tumor but that will be made of lots of cells. Seeding is when they take the tumor out but some of the cells attach to the bladder wall and start to grow a new tumor.
I think it's only an hour for you to get to UCH and they have a very good bladder cancer center.
It is often advisable to get a re-TURB done in a surgical center or hospital about 6 weeks after the initial one just to be sure that they got it all.
I too was initially dx with TA low grade, except 1 of my tumors was large. My Turbt was performed in the hospital.
Because of the size of the 1 tumor my Uro and I agreed to starte BCG treatments 6 weeks after the Turbt.
I have had 2 early recurrences, this group convinced me to get a 2nd opinion at a top cancer hospital.
The 2nd opinion agreed with my path slides and treatment protocol.
After my 3rd Turbt Mitomycin C was instilled in my bladder, followed by 6 weekly BCG and 12 monthly BCG maintenance treatments.
I am nearly 2 years cancer free now.
I agree with Pat and Mike, and get that 2nd opinion at a top bladder cancer hospital.
In your case TA low grade small tumor, BCG is not used unless there is a recurrence.
I wish you all the best,
TA Grade 1
30 BCG Treatments
Cancer Free since Nov 2007