When I was dx'd 3 1/2 years ago, I wanted to hear, "well your cancer is gone you are healed forever". As I have continued this journey I know that will never happen with bladder cancer. Having said that, if you follow the protocol and your Uro keeps a close eye on everything, you will be in good hands. (I always got a second opinion with every new step) Some patients it never comes back, others it does. the important thing is that it doesn't progress to another stage.
As for food.........a study a few years back, suggested broccoli (1 1/2 cups a week)was helpful for bladder cancer. I also eat a lot of Vit A fruits and vegetables. As I see it, all the above won't hurt and yet it is good for you whether you have bladder cancer or not. Other than that, just take good care of yourself and follow-up with EVERYTHING!
i think i a handling my bladder cancer quite well. being on this site had giving me a new outlet and new questions are there any bladder cancer centers in michigan? does bladder cancer go away? what can i eat or not eat to protect my bladder? should i be concern about the air i breathing? i like to hear what others are doing to stay physically well. i excersise and eat no pork or beef drink plenty of water. what else can i do to live well?
As Webs said, a 2nd opinion is confirmation. You don't just go to any old urologist from the phone book for a 2nd opinion. You go to a major bladder cancer center.
They confirm the diagnosis and the treatment plan. It may be that it agrees with your uro and you continue to go there. It may be they offer some additional insight and advice that you discuss with your uro and agree to that treatment plan.
The treatment plan may very well just be periodic cystos. Usually, it is every three months for a while and then as long as it stays all clear they stretch it to every six months.
If they find something, they remove it and just keep an eye on it. As long as it stays low grade, things should be pretty good.
i been thinking about what mike said he said i should get a second opinion. i was diagnose 5 years ago and accepted my fate. i only had one doctor and one diagnose. how can a second opinion help or change things? getting properly cared for is my top priority! thats what i was doing until the words second opinion came up. it happen so fast my i had blood in the stool my doctor sent me a uro logist the very fisrt visit he told me i had superficial bledder cancer a tumor was found and had to be removed. two days later iwas in the hospital having the tumor removed. that was five years plus ago. do i really need another cyto by another urologist? at this point of what i thought is my planned long term treatment. i don't need doubts and regrets at this time i have came to far to look back. i hope to continue my journey and stay the course of my destination.