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8 years 5 months ago #32874 by LeeH
After I was released from the hospital and was starting to get around again, My Dr. advised that I get at least three 2nd opinions for followup care and procedures.

He gave me one (U of Chicago Medical Center) and I selected 2 others. I did select the U of Chicago for followup, although the advice was strikingly similar.

So you see, some Drs encourage it.

Lee

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8 years 5 months ago - 8 years 5 months ago #32872 by Alan
Ken,

Glad MD Anderson it is working out. I trust the BCG works for you. It did for me and while none of us are just "statistics", statictically speaking you have a high probability it will work! Keep us posted!

DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.

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8 years 5 months ago #32867 by sara.anne
Kenneth, you are so lucky to have taken the path you have. But do remember that not all doctors are so "snippy" about second opinions. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer 16 years ago, I insisted that my pathology slides from the biopsy be sent to a former colleague who was then head of the pathology division of the National Cancer Institute. My surgeon was absolutely thrilled that I did so and that he could "communicate" with such a center. He was even more thrilled when they complimented him on his "erudite" case notes and his diagnosis/treatment plan!!

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
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8 years 5 months ago #32865 by Kenneth
I'm starting my 6wk regimen of BCG next week at MD Anderson. The results of my procedure: Biopsy of the prostatic urethra show rare a typical urothelial cells suspicous of CIS. Anderson Pathologists reviewed the slides that I brought with me and reported one area positive for CIS, several others suspicous for CIS. Upper tract appears clear as does the CT and x-rays. I am preparing myself mentally for the upcoming treatments knowing that this is the right path forward with the best chance for a favorable outcome.
Ken
p.s.
My Austin Uro and I have parted ways. I went back to talk to him about my situation after I returned from Houston,I thought that this was the right thing to do. Well, after he told me how big a mistake I was making and several other comments about the care I would recieve at MD Anderson, I thanked him for finding the cancer and got up to leave, he said come back in a month so I can make sure they are on the right track and gave me an appointment sheet, I placed that sheet in file 13 as I walked out the door and felt good about it. My GP is helping me find an Austin Uro that "gets along with MD Anderson". bye!!

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