I was recently (10 March 2010) diagnosed with bladder cancer. After the initial shock began to wear off, I began to research this new addition to my physical and biological makeup. At this point, I do believe that I have unearthed every article, paper and study ever done on the topic of bladder cancer. And therein lies the problem - I have achieved information overload!
I just completed the initial six week BCG sessions. I was prepared for the side effects that are generally associated with the process. The first three sessions were mostly uneventful. My Uro fixed me up with Oxybutynin and Pyridim (sp?) and an antibiotic after each of the six sessions and it helped a great deal. Sessions four and five were accompanied by an increase in frequency and urgency, but very little increase in fatigue or any of the other "normal" side effects. Session six, on the other hand, tried very hard to kick my butt! Even after having the benefit of the previous sessions and knowing how to flush my bladder with water and pace myself in doing so, the effects lasted for almost four days.
Now that I have rambled on, the question is this: has anyone ever experienced a period of what I can only describe as "fuzzy thinking"? It is not a loss of mental faculties or anything close to that. It presents more in the manner of being a little more difficult to concentrate and focus. For instance, trying to recall a particular word I want to use in a sentence or recalling the name of a particular place or object. I did not have any such problems prior to beginning the BCG treatments and it appears to be going away as time goes forward. I was just intrested whether anyone had experienced somthing similar.
I spent a great deal of time today reading and browsing this site. My congratulations to you all for the knowledge bank that has been created. It certainly makes you feel that you are not alone in the fight. Thanks in advance for any information and the support you all provide.
TURB 10 March 2010 dx small papillary TCC, CIS non-invasive
2nd TURB 7 April 2010
1st 6 BCG treatments completed
cysto 6 July 2010 - "No Recurrent Cancer"
Start 2nd round of 6 BCG 23 July 10