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Father diagnosed - question about symptoms

4 years 2 months ago #49401 by Cynthia
Sorry your family is having to deal with this but welcome to our community. It is a funny thing with bladder cancer but symptoms are not always a sign of the stage. We have seen some that that all of the symptoms in spades and they are found to have low grade non invasive blc. Other times someone with no symptoms is accidentally diognoised with late stage blc. One of the largest tumors of the bladder I have ever heard of was benign.
You will know much more once you get a definitive diognois. Please give us updates if you need us we are here.

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4 years 2 months ago #49393 by haynet
My 83-year old father has been referred to a urologist for cystoscopy next week. His primary care doc says he has a tumor, but my dad has not asked for the specifics of the lab report. However, I'm going with the assumption that it is malignant.

I have been doing research and have come across some information that suggests that irritative symptoms - urgency, frequency, etc - are more strongly associated with more invasive forms of BC. I haven't been able to find much on this, however, so I don't know what "more strongly associated" means quantitatively. In other words, if a person has irritative symptoms, as my dad does (he has only had 2 occurrences of hematuria in the month that he has been having symptoms), what is the increased risk of him having more aggressive disease?

If anyone has more specific information on this, I would be grateful. As you might imagine, I'm extremely worried.

Thank you!

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