Mike - Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday, December 15th. I know you got the neo so I hope to be able to ask you some things when they come up as I research more.
Pat - That's great to hear. I'm really nervous about this whole thing but it helps to know I will be in very capable hands. I'll post more as things progress. Support and knowledge from those that have been there is really going to help ease my anxiety.
I wanted to provide an update and also thank everyone who has been so helpful so far. I say so far because I think I'm going to need your continued help and support.
After much soul searching and many discussions with family, friends and the professionals, I have decided to have the RC. Many factors led to this decision. Statistical odds, BCG hell the last few weeks, and the desire to get off the merry-go-round were just a few.
I've opted for the neo-bladder and my surgery is scheduled for December 15th. It will be done at the IU Med Center in Indianapolis by Dr. Robert Bihrle. I wish I was going in for it tomorrow...just want to get it over with now that a decision has been made.
I hope you veterans won't mind if I post questions as arise. Then, after it's over, maybe I can help the next person that comes along in the same boat.
Anyway, thank you all again for the help and support. You'll see me around these next few weeks as B-Day (bladder day) approaches.
8 years 8 months ago - 8 years 8 months ago#34322by Alan
Keep this board posted as someone will have an answer for whatever question arises. BCG is a distant memory for me but, you will get through it. One word of advice. Many have experienced increased side affects. You can always go to 1/3 1/4 1/10 dosage and still have good responses.
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.