I too must agree with the fellas before me. BCG did not work for me nor did any other treatments... the answer for me was to get rid of the cancer. While at first I admit I thought this was go to be a life changer for me... I am now 7 months out and life for me could not be better.
So seek out the best of the best as far as doctors, advice, surgeons and facilities go and make the decision that is best for you.
8 years 7 months ago - 8 years 7 months ago#32879by mmc
Be very careful about the "not the option you are looking for" path.
The paper was meant for patients who are not candidates for surgery for whatever reason. Surgery is still the number one recommended treatment for a reason. It has the highest success rate over all other options.
The alternatives are all suboptimal treatments.
Keeping a cancerous bladder that fails BCG is choosing to keep cancer.
The longer one 'keeps' it, the higher the chance that it will spread throughout the body.
CIS = Bladder be gone. That is the only way U of M Ann Arbor would guarantee life for me, and I am all for living.
RC is not the end of life as you know it. It just gets put on hold a while. 15 months post op now, and life has returned to normal. Best of luck, Jim
T1NOMX,Grade 3 Urothelial CIS (Carcinoma in Situ)
Prostate Capsule Sparing
U of M Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wow..opinions are divided on this but because you came back as high grade might indicate failure...here's a good paper and cites a lot of top uro's in it.....
Geesh. My library of bookmarks must have 100 entries. Adding this one too.
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.