The link below is to an exchange between some of us former smokers here on the forum, about a year ago.
There is no sense in beating yourself up for being a smoker, however, good statistics show that those who continue to smoke after being treated for BC have a higher risk of having the cancer return. BC does have a tendency to return, regardless of former smoking status. Bottom line - what really matters now to to stop as part of your healing process.
Believe me, after quitting and a couple of weeks of being a real grump and irritable, life gets back to normal. You can do this. If you need support, talk to your care team. You have everything to gain.
What's with this Bleeding ? 6/2015
DX: HG Papillary & CIS
3 Years and 30 BCG/BCG+Inf
Tis CIS comes back.
BC clear as of 5/17 !
RCC found in my one & only kidney 10/17
Begin Chemo; Cisplatin and Gemzar
8/18 begin Chemo# 3
Begin year 4 with cis
2/19 Chemo #4
9/19 NED again
Until next scope
Regretfully, Im a long time smoker who has made very many unsuccessful attempts at quitting. So Im beating myself up over this at the same time. Hoping to get a call back soon about a surgery date.
First, take a deep breath. You will be fine. I was diagnosed over 9 years ago and am doing great with no sign of cancer, and you can do this also.
We are all scared stiff when we first get the diagnosis. I remember thinking "now I know what I will die of"....but that is NOT what happened. When caught early bladder cancer is very treatable.
Let's talk a little about what happens next. You will have a TURB (transurethral resection of the bladder) where, under general anesthesia, the urologist will remove the tumor and send it to the pathology lab for an exact diagnosis. Until you and the urologist have the results and this can take up to a week, no one can be sure exactly what is going on. IF it is malignant, the path report will also tell you whether it is low grade (slow growing) or high grade (rapidly dividing) and, if it is malignant, whether or not it has grown beyond the bladder lining. These facts will determine the type of treatment your urologist will recommend. In any event, there are very effective treatments available.
Please let us know what happens...will be thinking of you
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
2 years 6 months ago - 2 years 6 months ago#53478by Alan
Welcome, Styler. We are simply sorry for the reason to be here. 1st, stop and take that deep breath and I add take one day at a time.
You really won't anything until the TURB surgery and pathology. As remote as it sounds it might not even a tumor. And, yes, the waiting is the worst part of this. Focus on the fact you are on the way to handling whatever this is. Keep posting and as you get more information let us know what the reports are and someone that has "been there and done that" will be around. As my wife who is a retired RN would say, everything else is simply conjecture!
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.
I originally saw spotting and assumed it was a female issue. Had an ultrasound, saw a mass on bladder. Had a CT scan showing the 2.7 cm mass, then cystoscopy. He called it a tumor No cancer cells found in urine. Now, I'm waiting for the scheduling lady to set up an appt for removal. Terrified and just beside my self worth worry.