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.
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
"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