OK, 3rd treatment of 2nd round yesterday with reduced dosage 1/3 BCG + Interferon. The side affects are better than last week with full dose although yesterday was painful at times. Much better today with the side affects.
Not to alarm you but, too much can also be bad that is why decreased dosage is sometimes good (1/3 to 1/10th). On my 11th and 12th treatments I was only able to hold it 35-40 minutes so I was close to cutting the strength. Also, there are risks in too much. One acquaitance actually did damage his bladder after hyper sensitivity so listen to your body! Talk with your URO!
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.
I'm on my 2nd round of 6 week treatments, first round started in March and was BCG only. I just finished my 2nd treatment of BCG (full strength) + Interferon. My side affects have increased and the painful urination last much longer. At this point I don't feel like I want to ask for a decreased dosage, I want every opportunity to clear what cancer still remains from the 1st set of treatments
I have heard that a decreased dosage is just as effective but if I can deal with some pain and fatigue for a month or 2 I will
I believe I am on half strength BCG because of the interferon. Does that change anyone's opinion?
TaG3 + CIS 12/2000. TURB + Mitomycin C (No BCG)
Urethral stricture, urethroplasty 10/2009
CIS 11/2010 treated with BCG. CIS 5/2012 treated with BCG/interferon
T1G3 1/2013. Radical Cystectomy 3/5/2013, No invasive cancer. CIS in right ureter.
Incontinent. AUS implant 2/2014. AUS explant...