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Urothelial cancer in the left kidney

3 years 10 months ago #49853 by DougG
Appointment has been made for November 30. It only took me an hour to make the appointment....grrrrrrrr

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3 years 10 months ago #49847 by sara.anne
Anita and Doug, I know that is not what you wanted to hear. But I am glad that you are considering getting an opinion at Vanderbilt.....Anita, you have been around long enough to know our "Forum Motto"...GET A SECOND OPINION...especially when things start going haywire!!

Will be keeping the best of thoughts for you!

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3 years 10 months ago #49843 by Alan
Anita & Doug,

I am sorry to read about the news but, it sounds like you both have wrapped around the problem with a good plan. Will be thinking about both you!

DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.
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3 years 10 months ago #49842 by CatherineH
Hi Anita... I am very sorry to hear about Doug's diagnosis. My experience has been that Vanderbilt is very prompt in seeing new patients. Let us know how things go there. Thinking of you both...

Best wishes... Catherine
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3 years 10 months ago #49841 by DougG
That is what Doug has. It is the same cancer that was in the bladder, still in the urinary tract -- only in 2 - 4% of bladder cancer patients does the cancer move to the kidney. The plan is for Doug to have Gemzar installed in his bladder 6 Fridays in a row (skipping Thanksgiving week), then wait 4 weeks and repeat the exploratory surgery and see if it is working in the kidney. Doug wanted a chance to try to save the kidney. I am also trying to get him scheduled for an appointment at Vanderbilt, just to confirm he is headed in a good direction. Glad we have a plan.

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