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3 weeks 3 days ago #58822 by JigStep
I'd certainly be in touch with medical staff to check in about the situation. I had two rounds of BCG after 9/19 TURBT. Four days after second instillation (about 7 weeks after TURBT), morning elimination consisted of gross hematuria and lots of clots. Situation did not improve as morning progressed and by the time I decided to go to ER, I was only able to pass small amounts of blood and clot. Irrigation via catheter to clear coagulum (ultrasound showed bladder distended and 90% full of clot), emergency cauterization of tumor site, two nights in hospital (they were concerned about falling hemoglobin level), a unit of blood, and got to wear a catheter home for a couple of days.

Apparently the BCG irritated the resection site. Nurse Practitioner in charge of BCG said she'd only seen such a strong reaction once before in 4-5 years of working with it. I think we started treatment too soon because I seem to be slow to heal.
Stu

7/18 Gross hematuria
8/18 TURBT, papillary urothelial carcinoma, T1 LG
12/18 TURB, benign urothelial mucosa, features consistent with cystitis cystica
9/19 TURBT, HG papillary urothelial carcinoma, noninvasive

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3 weeks 3 days ago - 3 weeks 3 days ago #58821 by Alan
I have read some bleeding from some posters 2 to 3 weeks post. The safe thing, as none of us are doctors, is advise you URO team of any concerns just so they are always in the loop/

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 weeks 4 days ago #58820 by LR
Hi
Since today morning its just urine mixed with blood and coagulum.
BCG 9th dose( 3rd maintenance) was on 19th december.
I dont have fever,no pain abdomen,
only burning and pain during passing urine.
I am drinking more than 2L of water daily.
Is blood in urine 9th day after the last instillation is normal?
If yes , for how long?
When should i consult my Doctor?
I am 62 yrs and on Xarelto ( blood thinner.)
Thanx

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3 weeks 6 days ago #58807 by LR
Dear Alan,
Thanx for the reply and useful information.

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4 weeks 1 day ago - 4 weeks 1 day ago #58802 by Alan
LR,

Welcome. The effects of BCG do become cumulative over time. At the same time everyone reacts differently in symptoms. Hematuria is very common as cells slough off. Malaise, aches, urgency, pain while urinating all usually increase. Fever often accompanies all of these and is normal if is no more than 100.5/101 (if higher let you Doc know). As always, let your care team know about all of these so they can properly treat things. Just a couple of items to help you along with this. BCG is doable and certainly better than the horrors of systemic chemo. Also, if symptoms become worse lower dosages such as 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 even 1/10 have have worked for many plus finishing 9 installations you should have already had a good response as evidenced by your side effects.

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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4 weeks 1 day ago #58800 by LR
Hi,
I was diagnosed with Bladder carcinoma in june 2019
TURBT done on 4th july 2019.
Pathology- HG invasive urothelial carcinoma. pT1, pNx,pMx
Repeat TURBT on 13.08.2019
Pathology report- no signs of malignancy.
October 2019- bcg 6 week course.
Nov 2019- repeat cystoscopy- rec tumour not seen.
After urine cytology confirmed negative for carcinoma,
Maintainence bcg for three weeks .
My querry is that till now did not have any significant side effect of bcg instillation, but the last one, that is after the 9th dose on 19.12.2019, i had flue like symptoms and since past three days, ie 22nd dec , i have haematuria. and still pain during passing úriné.
Is it normal in such a situation.,?
Thanx.

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