Over dramatic? Maybe a little BUT, we all were affected with our diagnosis originally. I felt kicked in the head. The good news is you have one of the better diagnosis! This being low grade is treatable and beatable as is the saying. While I didn't enjoy the constant monitoring I reminded myself if that is the worst part, so be it. We all ko others that have more serious health issues.
You have a good possibility that this will be all you will face. If it does come back or became high grade, BCG helps the majority of patients. So, everything is looking up for you!
I don't have any special words of wisdom other than the cliche of "take one day at a time". That is all we can control. Does the concern ever completely go away? Probably not. At 10 years and free I have learned just to go on with my life. Besides, something will get me someday....probably not bladder cancer.
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'm a 58-year-old female who was diagnosed with low-grade noninvasive bladder cancer on June 12, 2018. I was having incontinence problems, so I scheduled an appointment with my urologist. Since I had a complete hysterectomy at 26, I was expecting the doctor to suggest the sling surgery. He did a scope of the bladder that revealed a tumor. To say that I was shocked is an understatement. I had surgery ten days later on June 22nd. I had two tumors removed (TURBT) - the one seen at the time of the scope and another that had satellited next to it. At my post-op appointment, my doctor informed me that my care plan would include the scope every 3 months for the first year, and if another tumor is found, then I will have 6 weeks of BCG treatments. I understand that bladder cancer recurs. My question is this: Did any of you in the forum have low-grade noninvasive cancer that recurred as a higher grade later on? While I am very thankful that my prognosis is good, I am also very anxious and quite frankly scared to death. I have lost family members to cancer (ovarian, lung, brain, colon). My mom is a first generation breast cancer survivor. I know the pain and struggles that cancer causes. I know that I need to "chill". I'm thinking about going to my family physician to ask for medicine to help the anxiety and sleeplessness. Am I being overdramatic?