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Frequent recurrence a bad sign?

12 years 8 months ago #1941 by Rosemary
I would definitely ask your 2nd opinion Dr about why the BCG's? Is it because of recurrance?

I read something at WEBMD today that would make me, at least, question this....

Rosemary
Age - 55
T1 G3 - Tumor free 2 yrs 3 months
Dx January 2006

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12 years 8 months ago #1940 by vervidj
hello elizabeth,
You did not say whether you have had BCG treatments since june of 05 or if this is your first.
I have had the treatment for the past 2 years and have shown only suspect in Sept 06. I had surgury to remove 3 tumors of 2,3 and 5 cm in Jan 05. non-invasive. My doctor says there is chance of reoccurrence but has keep close watch through scopes after the series of BCG treatments. Hope this helps some.

Don

Don

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12 years 8 months ago #1936 by Jeannette
Hi Elizabeth,
i'm not sure if it's a bad sign or not but I am SO glad to hear that you are going for a second opinion with an oncologist.. will they be doing any testing?cat scan, bone scan, mri,blood test? I would ask the oncologist if he or she thinks futher testing would be benificial to you. not trying to scare you just giving you my input

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12 years 8 months ago #1928 by elizabeth
Hello Everyone! I'm a newbie to this forum and wanted to say hi and ask a quick question. I'm a 37 y.o. female, never smoked, never worked in any of the "high risk" industries. I had my first TURBT in June '05 (Ta, Grade 1), my second TURBT in June '06 and a third last week (11/06). The first and second TURBTs were for several tumors and this time there was just one, all Ta, Grade 1. Random biopsies were negative. I'm supposed to start BCG in a few weeks. I know that this type of superficial bladder cancer is very low-risk but my urologist makes it seem like it's totally not a big deal, no risk for invasion, just need to keep on top of it. That makes sense to me but somehow, I'm concerned at how frequently these tumors seem to be recurring. I'm going to an oncologist this week for a second opinion but thought I'd check with some of you who have been dealing with this longer than me. Is frequent recurrence a bad sign (esp. at my age with no ordinary risk factors) or am I just being paranoid?
Thanks a ton! :-)

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