Blood in the urine such as you had can really be scary!! But it sounds as if your treatment was absolutely correct and the diagnosis was about as good as it could be...no penetration into the muscle or other layers of the bladder.
Depending on whether the pathology showed "low grade" (very slow growing, not likely to spread) or "high grade" (much more likely to spread) your treatment may be a watch and wait..where you have cystoscopy exams every three months...or BCG.
Low grade, early bladder cancer is very easy to treat. However, it does tend to return. This is why you must be scrupulous about having your cystoscopy exams on time.
When you see the doctor at Dana Farber, get a copy of the pathology report. That will tell you a lot more about what type of cancer and what type of treatment are ahead.
Good luck to you.
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
This past Tuesday I had 2 cancerous tumors removed from my bladder. They we 4cm and 2cm in size. Pathology report indicates they were only in the lining of the bladder and did not penetrate the muscle or wall of my bladder. They were discovered after I started profuse bleeding on New Years Eve while on vacation in Jamaica. I was MedFlighted too Ft Lauderdale Florida and the tumors removed at the Broward Health Medical center. I had chemo injected into my bladder about 2 hours after surgery. I believe no additional tests were performed after the removal of the tumors. Next week I will be meeting with a oncologist at the Dana Farber Cancer institute in Boston Mass. What can I expect to happen now. How can I be sure that I am cancer free. My symptoms prior to the bleed were low back pain, high white blood count and low red blood count. Will I need chemo therapy. If yes what are the possible side effects.