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1st BCG yesterday ... 5 more to go

4 years 11 months ago #45720 by rbmc
Check the sheet of side effects they gave you. Sometimes several, but nothing to get alarmed with, just annoying. They are progressive as you continue. One more and it will become a piece of cake. When done, look forward to that next scope showing positive results. 67 days til Spring.

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4 years 11 months ago #45691 by slocapo
I hope next week will be better.. Thank you for your reply. I worked 12 hours today and I am ready for the pillow.

5-12 TURB
5-13 TURB
11-13 TURB
1-14 BCG
7-14 TURB
8-14 BCG
12-14 TURB
1-15 Cauterized for clotting
2-15 Removal of Right Kidney and Lymph node

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4 years 11 months ago #45690 by slocapo
Thank you so much for your reply and information. I plan on a good nights sleep tonight. Thank you again!

5-12 TURB
5-13 TURB
11-13 TURB
1-14 BCG
7-14 TURB
8-14 BCG
12-14 TURB
1-15 Cauterized for clotting
2-15 Removal of Right Kidney and Lymph node

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4 years 11 months ago #45689 by dieseldoc
I had the BCG and had no side effects. Some people have mild side effects. And some have bad side effects. Lets hope you don't have the latter.

T1,NO,MO battling bladder cancer since 2005

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4 years 11 months ago #45688 by CatherineH
Congrats on getting your first treatment behind you. Now you will know what to expect and hopefully that will reduce any anxiety as you go forward. I have never had BCG but I understand fatigue is one of the more common side effects. As far as the tuberculois aspect, it is an "inactivated" TB bacteria. The following paragraph is from Sloan-Kettering. You can read more if you wish on their website at Memorial Sloan-Kettering .

"Patients at high risk for cancer recurrence may also receive bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) therapy after surgery.(1) This therapy is the standard treatment for superficial bladder cancer. BCG uses inactivated tuberculosis bacteria (which cannot cause tuberculosis) to produce an inflammatory response in the bladder; the inflammation controls tumor growth. The treatment is given once a week for six weeks. Afterward physicians usually examine patients with a cystoscope every few months to ensure that the bladder is healthy and tumor free."

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
Nashville, TN

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4 years 11 months ago #45686 by slocapo
I have had 3 surgerys in less than a year 1/2 - feeling tired and slugish today. TB is what they put in us? Is this man made? Looking forward to spring.

5-12 TURB
5-13 TURB
11-13 TURB
1-14 BCG
7-14 TURB
8-14 BCG
12-14 TURB
1-15 Cauterized for clotting
2-15 Removal of Right Kidney and Lymph node

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