Do you thinik he could of just been kidding about the size. He was telling me right when I was going out. If it was that size is there still a chance that it is not cancerous? Wouldn't you also think it would have been an overnight stay if that is not a normal size of a tumor? Or he would have suggested some kind of treatment? HELP me become normal again. I don't want to feel like this for the rest of my life.
I'm far from an expert, but my guess is that healing from removal of a tumor that size might take awhile, and that there might be bleeding afterward for a longer period than with smaller tumors. As Mike said, a ping-pong ball size is on the large side for bladder tumors, at least those of the papillary type (the kind that stick out from the bladder lining). CIS (flat tumors) may be larger in diameter, but I don't think a doctor would describe that type as being like a ping-pong ball.
Best of luck with your appointment!
Small TA Grade 1, May-06; recur (2 tiny), same, June-08; TURBTs both times. BCG begun July-08, dosage to 1/3rd May-10, completed treatment December-11. All clear since 2008.
9 years 9 months ago - 9 years 8 months ago#32073by mmc
he said the size of a ping pong ball and he said that was considered small.
I suppose if you are 46 feet tall and weigh 4000 lbs. A PING BALL sized tumor would be small!!!
It all depends on stage and grade. If you are confirmed with bladder cancer then you need to get to a top bladder cancer hospital for a follow up. First you need to know what you have though.
....and NO, all bladder tumors are not cancer. Many are, however, most are NOT. It may have Appeared obvious to him but you still need the pathology report.
One of the first things you will learn here is that you have to take charge in your own care. You are your own best advocate. Learn all you can, ask us everything you can think of, ask your doctors everything, get every test report they take, and get to a top bladder cancer center for followup.
Bladder cancer is very treatable but you have to play an active role.
I am so afraid to call him. I have that appointment next Friday. I keep hoping if it was really really bad he would have called me or told me when I called about the problems I was having. Before he put me out I asked him how big the tumor was and he said the size of a ping pong ball and he said that was considered small. But with all the other patients I was wondering if he even remembers who is who. It took 11 days before I had the surgery done after my office visit. This doctor came highly recommended by tons of people. Oh by the way you did ask me where I was from. I am from around the Pittsburgh PA areas
Might not pick it up if it was tiny. That is why you need your pathology report. Call the doctor's office tomorrow, tell them you are coming to pick up a copy of all of your records and ask them to have the copies ready for you when you get there.
You also want the doctor to call you to tell you about the pathology report since it has been a while and he hasn't done so yet. (It usually takes a week or less to get the report).
When the doctor calls, ask him for the stage and grade of the bladder cancer. These are things he should have told you already.
So what do you think he means that all tumors are cancer?
Boy am I glad I found this site. I keep searching and searching and searching. It just seems like everything hurts, my back hurts, so i think its my kidney, in the stomach part of my right side it hurts so I think its kidney problems.
Before I went to the urologist, they did a ct scan to see if i had kidney stones. My family doctor called and said nothing showed up on the ct scan so when i went to the urologist, I was shocked when he said he had to look with a scope in the bladder to see what was going on. I thought the ct would pick it up.