I found the following that I thought might be helpful for those who don't know what BCG is...or how it works:
TURB is usually followed by treatment administered within the bladder to rid the organ of any tumor cells that broke off during TURB. Called intravesical therapy, this type of immunotherapy uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. The agent most often used for intravesical treatment is bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), a form of bacteria that is sometimes used as a tuberculosis vaccine. The treatment is typically given once a week for six weeks, and although much of the drug is washed out during urination, a good amount remains in the bladder.
Researchers believe BCG works by alerting the cells lining the bladder of a brewing infection, which results in infection-fighting white blood cells rushing to the bladder. But unlike the normal chain of events that occurs with urinary tract infections, Dr. O’Donnell says BCG causes the white blood cells to release a tumor-killing compound called TRAIL (tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand) that is effective in destroying cancer cells but spares normal cells. Chemotherapy agents, such as Valstar® (valrubicin), Mutamycin® (mitomycin)‚ Adriamycin® (doxorubicin) or Thioplex® (thiotepa), may also be used for intravesical therapy.
Caregiver for my Wonderful Husband Angelo, who has Metastatic Bladder Cancer.
Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
Now Susan....give up the worries. I just had my 6th treatment today and have had absolutely no problems except for the frequent urinations this afternoon and evening. But by tomorrow that will be gone and all back to normal. No way do you NOT want to take advantage of this procedure, considering what it's omission might lead to down the road. Then you'll really regret it, girl. Besides, you'll have to face the wrath of us on this board-that might be even worse. Now go do it!!!! >
DX April 2008
TURB April 2008
Last BCG (#15) April 2009
I am going to do it , but i am still scared. even if I believe you all saying it isn't bad.
I am so tired now. I asked the doctor and he said from the operation and because thinking about it can make you tired too. He said soon this will be over and I will get back to regular. Is he right? guess I will find out . :'(