Hello cpratt... Yes, it is unusual to be 25 and have a bladder tumor but certainly not unheard of. The surgery you will be having, a TURBT, sounds much scarier than it actually is. I know that is easy for me to say, and I can tell you I was really nervous before hand as anyone would be. After it was over, I realized the procedure wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined. I was back home in a few hours.
"A tumor in the bladder" can have a wide diagnostic range which won't be known until it is examined and your path report is sent to your doctor. It would be purely speculative to comment too much until that happens. Bottom line, right now the most important thing to focus on is that IF it is cancer, bladder cancer is highly treatable, especially if caught early. The mytomicin after tumor removal (TURBT) is pretty much standard these days. It is basically a chemo wash done as a preventative measure in case any bad cells might be hanging around in there after the tumor is resected.
One more piece of advice I can offer is that if you smoke, please do everything you can to quit. Smoking is listed as the number one risk factor for bladder cancer. Let us know how things go.
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
Welcome, and yes, talk here. Every story is unique and of possible benefit to someone else. Great you are on a quick "fast track" with the issue. What procedure identified the tumor (ultrasound, CT, cystoscopy)? The surgery (TURBT) should be simple, but annoying. Then probably a week to get back the results of what it is, and how to proceed. You already mention treatment, even prior to having the surgery? Or is that a "possibility", if it is cancer? I've only had Mitomycin once, infused directly, after a 3rd TURBT. Hold it one hour, then evacuate before going home. I subsequently did the BCG routine twice, which has been successful. Positive thoughts to you.
Seems like your doctor has everything in hand and under control. Be sure to ask him what stage and grade it is. And follow his instructions !!!
Be sure to come back and tell us how it goes. We had one person here that was 17 years old, It is rare but it happens. Sorry it happened to you but I think you will do ok.
As we say here ( sorry your here but glad you came)
I found out yesterday I have a tumor in my bladder. The Urologist believes it was caught early. My only symptom was the blood in the urine. I am 25 years old. I know this is a very rare cancer in young people, but I guess no one is immune right? Anyway, I am having surgery on Wednesday followed by mitomycin. Any information will be helpful.