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3 years 10 months ago #49851 by Jopo
Thank you. I kinda, sorta, in my heart knew the answer. My deductible is very high and these test are a small fortune. Can't put a monetary value on our health.
The support in this forum is amazing.
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3 years 10 months ago #49848 by Flamenco.
Only one answer to that question - ABSOLUTELY. I agree with Sara Anne - DO IT.
If it doesn·t show anything the peace of mind is worth it, and if it does, your medical team can get right on the ball to making sure you become a survivor .
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3 years 10 months ago #49846 by sara.anne
ABSOLUTELY!!!

Yes, a visit to a urologist and cystocopy is necessary....ASAP

Cystoscopy is no more uncomfortable than a pelvic....somewhat less so, in my opinion. The urologist will use a very small camera inserted into the bladder to take a look. If he/she sees anything, then a biopsy will be scheduled.

Urine cytology is an OK adjunct to cystoscopy, but often misses things. And some bladder cancers are not like "lumps" that show up on scans.

This is not something to be trifled with. It may not be cancer, but if it is, it is very treatable if found early.

DO IT

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
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3 years 10 months ago #49845 by Jopo
I am a 57 yo female, smoker (I know, I know) I started urinating blood on a Friday in August, went to Urgent Care, no infection. Doctor suspected bladder cancer. On Saturday I started passing blood clots. The bleeding and clots lasted on and off for a week. Followed up with my GP. Had an urine cytology done, negative. Had a ct scan with contrast, negative. I have not been to urologist because my GP is not a part of my insurance and cannot refer me. At this point, is a cystoscopy really necessary? I have had no more bleeding. I do have to get up 2-4 times a night to urinate. I have gained 15 lbs, not lost.
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