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Rectal cancer and now bladder cancer...

1 year 5 months ago - 1 year 5 months ago #54466 by Jack R
LM,

A couple of points are worth consideration. ALWAYS talk to your doctor about any plans.

TURBT - until you have the biopsy, you do not know what you are dealing with in the bladder. The diagnosis is a priority.

It is likely that you will have two different care teams - one for rectal cancer, one for bladder. THEY need to consult and agree to a coordinated plan of care care. I suspect that you will be treated for both at the same time.

I have two cancers - kidney and bladder. My kidney cancer is more aggressive, and my bladder doc agrees. Some of the kidney treatment may help with the bladder - treatment for me is not an either/or situation. Both are being treated at the same time.


Get your care teams together, let them figure out a plan. At least it is working for me.

Best
Jack

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1 year 5 months ago #54465 by LM
Just had my cystoscopy yesterday, and saw the fuzzy little bugger in my bladder with another little one growing. I was also recently diagnosed with rectal cancer, Stage III, T3N1, and was scheduled to begin radiation/chemo treatments for that, but the CT and the MRI scan showed something strange on my bladder. I scheduled to have the TURBT on January 8, but now I am wondering if I should do the rectal cancer treatments first. I have elected to go to the UW Madison, Carbone Cancer Center, but was scheduled to have my radiation treatments done closer to my home (I live 250 miles away from Madison). Well... now they informed me that the clinic where I was to receive my radiation is having new machines brought in, and the last radiation treatments will have to end on February 8. Since I was not going to start treatments until I got the go ahead from my urologist in Madison, I know that I will not meet this timeline. So...how fast do the tumors grow in the bladder? Would I be foolish to forego the TURBT until mid-February, or go ahead and do the TURBT in early January? Ultimately, I am going to go with what my oncologist and urologist recommend, but I was also scheduled to meet at the clinic near my home on Tuesday, am considering cancelling it, but do not know what cancer should be treated first.

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