I too will be interested in the same question as I was DX'x 5 months ago and finishing the remaining 2 of 6-second group of BCG treatments. Not to make us statistics, I have read in differing abstracts staying recurrence free can be as high as 50%. Problem is, if it comes back then it 100% not to play with numbers. Still a lot of options should that happen. That being said, I have no clue what the stats are on grade and stage possibilities, I just no that RC is not always the next step. Repeating BCG, other therapies etc. The med community is even working on regenerated bladders.
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.
First, thank you all so very much for responding to my initial question. I consider myself a new guy especially in light of the veterans who contribute to this site.
I have only one simple question. I have been recurrence free for almost 3 years. I am on BCG maintenance therapy and it seems to be viable. If there are recurrences do they most often recur at the same grade and stage or can they be of a lesser grade. My initial DX was TA-G3, no CIS. A resection was performed subsequently with no evidence of disease.
If there are non-invasive recurrences that are high grade is the first option RC or do we folks start back at grid square 1?
God bless each and everyone of you. There is some evidence developing that indicates that Vietnam Veterans In-country who were exposed to Agent-Orange and chlorine treated water have a greater risk of prostate and bladder cancer. I came home from Vietnam not knowing a damned thing about the exposures.
It was wonderful to communicate with Dr. Warren and Cyndi. Melanie sends her love and best wishes to all.