Sorry i haven't yet replied. The surgery didn't go well. I couldn't handle having it done under local and i picked up a bad infection after. I have a pre operation appointment to try again with general tomorrow. Will keep you updated. Found out both tumours are 2cms big.
It is great that you are being evaluated by a urologist! The surgery that they have scheduled you for is probably what in the US is called a TURB....transurethral resection of the bladder. It is usually an outpatient procedure, although occasionally a patient needs to stay overnight. Under general anesthesia, the urologist will examine the bladder with a very small camera and take samples of the bladder (which is why the general anesthesia) to be sent to pathology lab. The pathologist will examine the tissue microscopically and his report will tell you and the urologist a. whether it is malignant b. if it is, the grade...high grade (fast growing) or low grade and c. if the tumor is still confined to the bladder lining or has extended into the lower layers or the muscle. It sometimes takes a week or so for this report to come back.
We will hope that there is no malignancy, but it REALLY needed to be checked out.
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
Just an update
Well the hospital have rang me, the urologist has seen my scan and doesn't want me in for an appointment. Instead I'm booked in for surgery next Thursday. No pre operation appointment, I haven't seen any Dr's yet and I have no idea about the risks or the operation or their plan. Seen as it's fast track surgery I'm assuming they are pretty worried biggest fear is pain peeing after.
I can certainly understand your relief at being told it wasn't ovarian cancer. But to answer you question... No, those growths should most definitely NOT be left in your bladder. They very likely are small tumors, which can be benign, but can also be the beginning of bladder cancer. Either way, you need to know because a healthy bladder should be free of any visible growths.
Aside from seeing the bladder tumor on my vaginal ultrasound and sending me to the urologist, my gyno knew very little about bladder cancer in general. After her experience with me, she now approaches her patients differently in how she looks at their test results.
I hope you can get to a urologist soon, as well as get to the bottom of your other symptoms.
Best wishes... Catherine
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TURBT 1/21/10 at age 55
Dx: T2aN0M0 Primary Bladder Adenocarcinoma
Partial Cystectomy 2/25/10
Vanderbilt Medical Center
Thank you for taking the time to message me.
I think i was so worried it was cancer in my ovaries when i saw them on my scan that to be honest this was a slight blessing as bad as that sounds.
Reading all the stories makes me feel so much better, you have all been through such hard journey's but are here to tell the tale.
I guess the thing i am looking for is i shouldn't just leave them?
It doesn't seem right to me just to ignore it no matter how happy my doctor is to do so.
With the cramping and urinating it makes me wonder if they need to be removed what ever they turn out to be, i am really hoping age is on my side with this one.
What ever it is i am sure i will get through it.