Hello and welcome to the forum. It sounds as if you have already prepared for your appointment on Friday by reading up on things to discuss with your doctor. The fact that you have taken care of yourself and are generally otherwise healthy will very much work in your favor if you do have surgery. You will want to ask about the different types of diversions(i.e. Indiana pouch (internal reservoir), ileal conduit (outside bag), or neobladder (generally does not work well for women). In the end, it will be up to you to make that decision should things go in that direction. Please let us know how your appointment goes.
I don't personally know anything about the doctor or facility you asked about. Perhaps some of our west coast members may have more information for you. Again, I am glad you found us and please post any other questions. You will probably have more after your doctor visit on Friday.
Best wishes... Catherine
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TURBT 1/21/10 at age 55
Dx: T2aN0M0 Primary Bladder Adenocarcinoma
Partial Cystectomy 2/25/10
Vanderbilt Medical Center
I am a 70 year old very active and healthy woman who was diagnosed with t2, invasive bladder cancer one month ago. I have just completed my first three weeks of chemo and other than feeling extremely tired, am doing good. My oncologist recommended I see Dr. Pritchett at Virginia Mason in Seattle for a second opinion and probably surgery. On this site, you only list Seattle Cancer Care Alliance so am wondering if you have any information on Dr. Pritchett and Virginia Mason. I have an appointment this Friday with him and will ask the important questions, including how many bladder cancer surgeries he has done. Thank you so much for any info you may have.