Had my first BCG treatment today. Piece of cake. If they all go this smooth, I'll be happy. Learned something new today. As I mentioned earlier, University of Iowa is a dedicated National Cancer Institute. Seems I have even lore than that going for me. My Dr. just happens to be Dr. Michael O'Donnell. The following is a short excerpt from an article about him published I assume by the U of I. Dr. O'Donnell's basic and clinical research has a long history of focusing on bladder immunology and bladder cancer immunotherapy, particularly the anti-cancer mechanisms of bacillus Calmette-Guï¿½rin (BCG) and its enhancement with combination therapies. Dr. O'Donnell recently headed a national trial of bladder cancer treatment utilizing BCG plus interferon (a natural protein which induces healthy cells to combat disease) comprised of over 1,000 patients, and holds several U.S. patents for his work.
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On Monday Feb 10 I had my second TURB performed at University of Iowa Hospital. Dr. assistant called today to say there were no anomalies, and the tumor did not advance into the muscle tissue. Starting Monday February 2nd I have 6 consecutive weeks of BCG treatments scheduled. Looks like I am moving forward with the treatments I have been hoping for. Thank You All for your words of encouragement. Greg
According to my new urologist, The U of I employs a relatively new procedure where, during the Turb, they can use a special light that will highlight cancer cells. It was all Greek to me, but sounded good anyway.