All you know from this is that there is a growth in your bladder. Your urologist will need to do a TURB (transurethral resection of the bladder) to determine exactly what it is. A TURB is usually done as an outpatient procedure under general anethesia, although occasionally a patient needs to stay overnight. The tumor will be removed as well as samples of the surrounding tissue and sent to a pathologist for analysis. Only after the path report comes back (and this can take about a week) will the exact diagnosis be known.
What, if any, additional treatment is necessary can only be decided when the urologist and you know what the growth is. It might be bladder cancer but it also might be something else.
IF it is bladder cancer, this can be highly curable depending on the exact diagnosis. Waiting for the result is difficult because of all the uncertainty. The only advice from someone who has been there...done that...is not to cross any mental bridges until you have to!!
Wishing you all the best
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
Had an ultrasound done and the results look pretty scary. Can anyone tell me what I might be looking at?
Along the lateral right bladder base is an approximately 6.3 x 4.2 x 4.1 cm lobulated solid mass. Best appreciated on transverse cine loop images through the mass is transmural extension of the tumor. By color Doppler evaluation the mass is moderately vascular.