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6 years 5 months ago #42472 by mmc
This is another good source of info on grade. http://cancerhelp.cancerresearchuk.org/type/bladder-cancer/treatment/bladder-cancer-stage-and-grade


It is from the UK but I like it better than any other because it has a good picture. Superficial is just the innermost lining of the bladder. It can be very high grade, such as CIS or low grade.

Stage means "how far has the tumor penetrated".

Mike

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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6 years 5 months ago - 6 years 5 months ago #42471 by upnorth
That's a good question.

Superficial cancer is one that is highly treatable and usually can be kept in check with a TURBS (removal of the tumor with out other treatments like BCG or Chemo.

Here is my information on it:

Cancer that is confined to the lining of the bladder is called superficial bladder cancer also known as Ta. This means that the cells have not penetrated the lining or muscle of the bladder yet. Also know as non-invasive.

The problem is that the stage and grades of cancer have changed over the years, due to the fact that the older names were not as accurate at describing what stage the cancer was at. So some people know it by the old name, and some by the new.

It can be confusing but hang in there we are here to help.

Mark

Age 51
Diagnosed BC 12/20/2011 Ta No Mo 0a Non-Invasive At age 48
"Please don't cry because it is over..... Smile because it happened!" {Dr. Seuss} :)

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6 years 5 months ago #42464 by daystar
What is superficial stage

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6 years 5 months ago #42459 by upnorth
I agree with Mike completely on this one.

P.S. Yes Mike I was a little shocked by your answer.

Mark

Age 51
Diagnosed BC 12/20/2011 Ta No Mo 0a Non-Invasive At age 48
"Please don't cry because it is over..... Smile because it happened!" {Dr. Seuss} :)

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6 years 5 months ago #42458 by mmc
Still sounds like another opinion from a major bladder cancer center is in order.

Low grade can certainly progress enough over time to the point that the bladder should come out. But unless the grade has changed, and as long as it has all be T0, then it seems like maybe bcg/interferon blend or some mitomycin instillations or something <em>could</em> be tried before doing an radical cystectomy. Note I said "could" not "should". I really think it is worth following up with a 2nd opinion.

I know my statements above may shock some who've seen me harping on highly aggressive treatment over the years, but with "low grade" I am of a different mind set.

Mike

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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6 years 5 months ago #42456 by chrlieklem
Hi Mike, Low grade tumors

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