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3 months 1 week ago #55754 by Rusty
I had my Cystoscopy. The doctor said that he saw no tumors, just some red spots. He wasn't alarmed by the red spots and said many doctors would not even biopsy them, but he biopsies everything. He said the chances of them being cancer is 99% not cancer. Does this sound familiar to anyone? He also said that the reason for the 1 day of blood and pain 3 weeks ago could have been anything and 33% of the time we never know the answer.

Thanks,

Rusty

The blood test showed no cancer cells and the CT showed no tumors anywhere. Can I relax!!??

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3 months 1 week ago #55748 by Rusty
I found the following to be a little reassuring---Most patients with CIS have coexisting papillary cancer. In general, the papillary tumor is diagnosed first, and CIS is discovered during the evaluation and treatment of the papillary tumor. Only 10% of patients with bladder cancer have a pure CIS. The combination of CIS and papillary transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) is associated with a higher risk of recurrence and progression.----Also, Urinary cytology is most helpful in diagnosing high-grade tumors and carcinoma in situ (CIS). Low-grade, noninvasive tumors may be missed by routine cytologic analysis.

I have no papillary tumors and urinary cytology was negative.

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3 months 1 week ago #55747 by richard_lv
Rusty, sounds like everything will be ok. My dad had multiple 3cm and 2cm tumors that were very visible in CT and after two surgeries he is cancer free. I wouldn't worry at all in your case.

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3 months 1 week ago - 3 months 1 week ago #55746 by Alan
Rusty,

I have simply learned to wait on any and all tests before speculating on medical issues. Too many times it is wasted worry and effort. At the risk of not following my first sentence there are two primary garden types of tumors in bladder cancer and all 3 tests are needed to diagnose the symptoms. One is a flat or CIS (easiest seen in a scope) and the other papillary (often seen in the CT scan). There are a few other unusual types also thus the 3 tests taken in conjunction. Get that scope scheduled and come back and tell us it is nothing!

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.

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3 months 1 week ago #55745 by Rusty
Thank you Alan. Does the fact that the CT was normal mean that if cancer is present it's most likely small and treatable. My crazy anxiety has me thinking the worst. I've never had anxiety like this before.

Rusty

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3 months 1 week ago - 3 months 1 week ago #55744 by Alan
Rusty,

Welcome. We all hope that your time here is short and there is no cancer. Ct scan, cytology with cystoscopy are all gold standard tests and you have passed 2. The scope should give a final answer and let's hope that is negative. On the passing of blood. More times than not it is not bladder cancer. Infections, passing of stones, long distance runners and bicyclists and other issues cause this. There are a few people that never find out why blood was/is passed. Keep us posted and lets trust you get the all clear.

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.

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