Sorry to say, but is time to actually give up the cigs - no more excuses (I had 100+ excuses).
Bladder cancer, even when successfully treated, is likely to pop up again in the future - that is why the lifetime check-ups are needed. Having had cancer once, we are more likely than the general population to have another cancer. Smoking increases the return & additional cancer risk even more.
Many of us here know firsthand about quitting.
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
T0 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 , round 3
Begin year 4 with cis T0
I moved your post to this topic heading where more people who might respond will see it. The category you had used is about how to use the Forum.
Since smoking is one of the few things that have definitively been linked to bladder cancer, it is hard for me (a non-smoker) to understand why you would go back to smoking!! OK...I do know that it is an addiction. My DH died of lung cancer (not pleasant) and I feel that part of the cause of my bladder cancer is second hand smoke so I REALLY HATE SMOKING. Your choice.
As for the pain, this is something you need to discuss with your urologist. It is possible that it is from the TURB and will go away, but you need to have it checked out.
Please stop smoking!!!!
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
I was diagnosed with PUNLMP because of a tumour of 1cm by 0.8 cm by 0.8 cm in my bladder but thirty days after TURBT i was back to smoking 3-4 cigarettes a day. Is it gross . Will this have caused any major unwanted developments . I am having continuous though silent pain in my bladder sometimes in my right testes and some time in my buttocks or around liver. This I reckon never went away .Please advise.