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9 years 7 months ago #25390 by britt
I had a huge scare this morning. I awoke and tried to clear my throat and then i couldnt get a breath! It was so bad I calld the squad. I really thought I was going to suffocate slowly to death! They gave me a breathing treatment and before we made the 15 min trip to ER labored breathing was restored. I have pulmanary edema due to low ef and and it causes a girldling effect around my diaphragm which restricts airflow in or out! I was held for observation and release. Mow Im home and resting but still struggling! A pozx on tobaco companies as well!

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9 years 7 months ago #25386 by sara.anne
Patricia, the urologist has never found any blood, microscopic or otherwise. My CIS was found because it kept appearing as recurrent UTI's and my uro was smart enough to go look.

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
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9 years 7 months ago #25378 by slabman
Yeah, my Doc seemed to be a bit low key about the exact date, but recommended
I do it within the next week. So since he was at the hosp. the following day, he'd fit me in...and he did! Wonder what else was going on that he didn't see the urgency?

Thinking back on that ultrasound, the tech looked at me...then brought the Radiologist in and he looked on the screen, saying "move it around to here, etc." and it seemed like a long time they were looking. Then he left, apparently satisfied he had seen enough. So they called the Uro immediately and I went over to his office that same day. We didn't waste any time on this...guess I'm glad I did. Gee, one knows nothing about these things the first time, so we rely on our docs to steer us down the right path. Apparently your Doc had other thoughts? What other information became available months later when the decision was made to remove it?

Bob
T1 G3
Age 66
DX April 2008
TURB April 2008
Last BCG (#15) April 2009

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9 years 7 months ago #25377 by britt
So they knew there was a tumor! Well it was 8 months after the ultra sound until they did the turbo. If they said resection they planned on removing it. that bothers me I was allowed to run around so long with out treatment. What if had been a more virle cancer! I could have died!
Now Im angrier than I wasat that dr.

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9 years 7 months ago #25376 by slabman
Britt, all they did to me was an ultrasound and I can remember the tech saying to me "I'm sorry". That was all I needed to know even if she couldn't give me the diagnosis. :( I know it was a tumor and the Doc later confirmed it. I had the thing taken out the next day. Resection is, I understand, just a word for "slicing" both the blood mass and the tumor into pieces so they could be flushed out.

Bob
T1 G3
Age 66
DX April 2008
TURB April 2008
Last BCG (#15) April 2009

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9 years 7 months ago #25372 by Patricia
Well if the blood is microscopic how would you know? I certainly didn't until my OB/Gyn found it and then it was pretty much poo poohed by my internist so i ignored it and that was 3 yrs before the Gross Hematura which ..yes...that i noticed.
So i'm wondering.......Another way that bladder cancer can be detected early is by looking at the cells that normally appear in your urine under a microscope. Cancer cells look different under a microscope than normal bladder cells. So is it just not cost effective to examine urine under a microscope....or have someone on staff qualified to know the difference between a normal bladder cell and a cancer cell?
Pat

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