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3 years 9 months ago #48385 by sara.anne
BCG is not like a quick shot or antibiotic that "works" and that is it. Its purpose is to stimulate the immune system in the bladder lining (which is why is it sometimes very irritating) to fight off any foreign cells that are there or that might form. We hope that the "strengthened cells" will continue doing this for a long time. Most of us have the initial 6 weeks of BCG and then continue with maintenance doses usually given for three weeks every three months for up to a total of 2 years.

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
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3 years 9 months ago #48384 by dieseldoc
Hopefully it starts working as soon as you start your treatments

T1,NO,MO battling bladder cancer since 2005

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3 years 9 months ago #48376 by rocksteady
I've had 3 bcg treatments and was wondering- how long does it take to work? I swear my burning urination has improved.
I will continue through all 6 treatments but was just wondering...how long?

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