I completed my 3 weeks of maintenance BCG yesterday at the 1/3rd dose, and all seems to be fine. I just had some burning and frequency, but it's very manageable. Urine has started looking a little cloudy about 14-16 hours after the treatment, and I don't know what that's about, but I feel pretty OK so am not going to worry (or should I?). Next check-ups are July and October, and next BCG isn't for another 6 months (November) so I'm looking forward to a good summer.
Small TA Grade 1, May-06; recur (2 tiny), same, June-08; TURBTs both times. BCG begun July-08, dosage to 1/3rd May-10, completed treatment December-11. All clear since 2008.
Bioniche is the sponsor of our Canadian bladder cancer network website.
The trials are continuing in phase 111. Should have some preliminary results late this year.
Results comparing their product directly vs BCG will be a few years away.
Phase 111 trials are BCG refractory patients.
I can tell you that the people I know at Bioniche are extremely positive about their product.
When I hear more information I will post.
TA Grade 1
30 BCG Treatments
Cancer Free since Nov 2007
Everything I have read says using one's immune system would be ideal. There was even an immune response with severe grade melanoma's sometime last year on a tiny trial and while only 1 person responded out of 9 that person beat it back.
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.