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5 years 3 months ago #46446 by raider
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.

Thanks for the advice Alan!

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5 years 3 months ago #46436 by raider
Good advice Alan!

I'm going to reach out to my Urologist today to discuss

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5 years 3 months ago #46434 by Alan
Raider,

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.

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5 years 3 months ago #46432 by raider
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

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7 years 3 days ago #43115 by mmc
Will,

I think you should ask Dr. Lamm. http://www.bcgoncology.com/treatment/bcgInst.html
The link to ask him a question is toward the bottom of the page.

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 3 days ago #43114 by wsilberstein
I believe I am on half strength BCG because of the interferon. Does that change anyone's opinion?

-Warren
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...

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