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6 years 2 months ago #43238 by GKLINE
Good Luck on the 30th
We'll be here to Cheer you on!


Always hoping for a Happy end to cancer

George

Light a man a fire and he is warm for an evening.
Light a man ON fire and he's warm forever.

08/08/08...RC neo bladder
09/09/09...New Hip
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6 years 2 months ago #43235 by sophiegirl
Thank you for the welcome. I will post again after the 30th.

This is a great forum and my thanks go out to all of you.

Soph

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6 years 2 months ago #43232 by DougG
Sophie,

Welcome. Let us know how things go on the 30th.

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6 years 2 months ago #43230 by sara.anne
The doctor will look at the bladder, and take urine samples for cytology. However, I doubt very much that he will take tissue samples. OUCH. This is usually done under anesthesia, for good reason!

After the cystoscopy, the doctor will have a much better idea of what the problems might be and will then make recommendations for further examination or treatment.
In some cases urine samples can give a lot of pertinent information, but they can also be misleading and are used as part of a more complete workup.

You are doing GREAT, girl. Keep it up!!!

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
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6 years 2 months ago #43229 by sophiegirl
Dear Sarah Ann and Catherine,

Thamk you both for your warm, helpful replies.

I will be having the cytoscopy 10/30. Besides the visual review, the doctor will be able to take both tissue and urine biopsy samples, is this right?

And yes, this new challenge has brought my fighting spirit front and center. It will be pointless for me to focus on frustration and dwell in depression, regardless what may be going on with my bladder. I am a formiddable opponent to whatever had come my way in the past, so I am heartened by your encouragements.

I will keep you posted. And best of luck to all.

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6 years 2 months ago #43225 by sara.anne
We can never predict how our bladders are going to react to "insults" such as a tumor or irritation! They seem to have a mind of their own. For example, I NEVER had any blood, microscopic or otherwise. And yet I had both papillary and CIS tumors. My symptoms were more like a bladder infection. A BAD one.

On October 30 are you having cystoscopy (an exam in the doctor's office where she places a small camera in the bladder and looks) or a TURB (transurethral resection of the bladder) where you are under general anesthesia and the urologist takes samples of the bladder for biopsy?
The latter is the only definitive was to diagnose bladder cancer, although the urologist can get an idea from cystoscopy.

Wishing you lots of luck. There are many of us here you have been where you are now. As for the depression, you may find that having something like this to worry about and fight may help you to overcome this for a while.

Sara Anne

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BCG; BCG maintenance
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