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7 years 7 months ago - 7 years 7 months ago #41464 by mmc
Mike

That should teach me not to post before doing all my research. :)
Thanks for checking that out!

Mike

Age 54
10/31/06 dx CIS (TisG3) non-invasive (at 47)
9/19/08 TURB/TUIP dx Invasive T2G3
10/8/08 RC neobladder(at 49)
2/15/13 T4G3N3M1 distant metastases(at 53)
9/2013 finished chemo -cancer free again
1/2014 ct scan results....distant mets
2/2014 ct result...spread to liver, kidneys, and lymph...

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7 years 7 months ago #41465 by mmc
Mike

That should teach me not to post beforevdoing all my research. :)
Thanks for checking that out!

Mike

Age 54
10/31/06 dx CIS (TisG3) non-invasive (at 47)
9/19/08 TURB/TUIP dx Invasive T2G3
10/8/08 RC neobladder(at 49)
2/15/13 T4G3N3M1 distant metastases(at 53)
9/2013 finished chemo -cancer free again
1/2014 ct scan results....distant mets
2/2014 ct result...spread to liver, kidneys, and lymph...

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7 years 7 months ago #41462 by maryland_mike
<strong>maryland_mike wrote:</strong>

Hey, Mike - Indeed, the TB vaccine bacillus is available worldwide; however, I'm not so sure that the TB vaccine variety is used to treat BC (in the U.S., anyway). I have a package from one of my BCG treatments here in my hand, and the package says "For treatments and prophylaxis of superficial transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder" - otherwise, quite specific. It's manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, LTD in Toronto., and goes by the "TeraCys" trade name. The NDC is 49281-880-01. I suspect the stated shortage I heard is due either to distribution or a temporary demand peak - hopefully it's not manufacturing capacity. Bottom line - I hope I (and others) don't have to wait for upcoming treatments! :<)


I should add that the box also says "BCG Live (Intravesical)", and icontains one 81mg vial of BCG, plus one 3ml vial of diluent. The AMA CPT code is 90586. Perhaps intravesical bladder usage is limited to this NDC and packaging.

TURBT, HoLAP, bladder stone ablation 9/28/11
Ta, Mx, Nx

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7 years 7 months ago #41461 by maryland_mike
Hey, Mike - Indeed, the TB vaccine bacillus is available worldwide; however, I'm not so sure that the TB vaccine variety is used to treat BC (in the U.S., anyway). I have a package from one of my BCG treatments here in my hand, and the package says "For treatments and prophylaxis of superficial transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder" - otherwise, quite specific. It's manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, LTD in Toronto., and goes by the "TeraCys" trade name. The NDC is 49281-880-01. I suspect the stated shortage I heard is due either to distribution or a temporary demand peak - hopefully it's not manufacturing capacity. Bottom line - I hope I (and others) don't have to wait for upcoming treatments! :<)

TURBT, HoLAP, bladder stone ablation 9/28/11
Ta, Mx, Nx

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7 years 7 months ago #41453 by mmc
There is actually LOTS of it produced and it is used all over the world. Last year, there were shortages in India and there have been periodic other shortages.

Remember, the 'on label' use for it is a tuberculosis vaccine. It is given to children all over the world to try to prevent tuberculosis.

The cancer treatment use, while widespread and included on instructions, is still often referred to as an 'off label' use of BCG.

Sometimes, there are short term distribution problems of BCG but not too often.

Mike

Age 54
10/31/06 dx CIS (TisG3) non-invasive (at 47)
9/19/08 TURB/TUIP dx Invasive T2G3
10/8/08 RC neobladder(at 49)
2/15/13 T4G3N3M1 distant metastases(at 53)
9/2013 finished chemo -cancer free again
1/2014 ct scan results....distant mets
2/2014 ct result...spread to liver, kidneys, and lymph...

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7 years 7 months ago #41437 by GKLINE
congratulations Mike!
You now have the honor of being the FASTEST Discharge EVER on this site from Bladder cancer Major surgery!

You have had the latest in New Wave Surgery. I am so glad it went smoothly. The surgical skill is still the key to using any tool. The tool is just a tool and an idiot like me couldn't open a bottle cap with it.
We are all so happy to hear of this success! This is the new wave of care. Instead of being opened from stem to stern, others can look forward to less invasive procedures and quicker recovery. AMAZING!

Welcome to the club!

George

Light a man a fire and he is warm for an evening.
Light a man ON fire and he's warm forever.

08/08/08...RC neo bladder
09/09/09...New Hip
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New Man! [/size]

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