Forum

× Welcome click the New Topic button to post

BCG and waiting

4 weeks 18 hours ago - 4 weeks 18 hours ago #59172 by GREGIL
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-Gu�rin (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.
The entire article can be seen at: here [url]

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 2 weeks ago #59069 by Alan
Congrats and thanks for posting. You are on yuyr way to beating this!

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.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 2 weeks ago #59068 by Shacky73
All the best with your BCG treatments! I started my 6 weeks last Thursday and have second tomorrow.

T1 Grade 3 with CIS

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 2 weeks ago #59067 by GREGIL
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

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

2 months 1 day ago #58959 by DonaldK
Greg

Great news about the U of I.

A second TURBT is pretty much standard if muscle tissue was not included in the first one.

I had 2 TURBT's from my urologist and a third when it was determined I needed to start BCG treatment for the same reason you state - no muscle tissue in the original samples.

The alternate light source the urologist is speaking about is a blue light cystoscopy (as opposed to the white light that is used in a typical TURBT).

The doctor will put a light sensitive chemical in you bladder which the tumor cells 'suck up'.

The blue light source causes cancer cells to different when the doctor is looking in your bladder.

There are a number of papers/research articles out there showing images of the differences if you wanted to look.

Here is the web address to one that has 4 great images of the differences and a bit of

https://www.urologytimes.com/bladder-cancer/role-blue-light-cystoscopy-detect-bladder-cancer.

Hope this helps and doesn't sound a Greek :)

Ciao

Hi Grade T1 CIS

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

2 months 1 day ago #58956 by GREGIL
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.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Not Allowed: to create new topic.
  • Not Allowed: to reply.
  • Not Allowed: to add Files.
  • Not Allowed: to edit your message.
Moderators: Cynthiaeddieksara.anne

Users

Total Online: 1 User and 1969 Guests 
MSI's AvatarMSI

Legend: Site Administrator Global Moderator User Banned

Statistics

Today Total Opened: 0 Today Total Answered: 0 Latest User: anamikasingh
Yesterday Total Opened: 0 Yesterday Total Answered: 2
Total Posts: 53533 Total Subjects: 6997 Total Users: 8679