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2 years 11 months ago #50433 by Alan
I do know of a couple of people that have had interfuron with BCG. So it is worth a shot.

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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2 years 11 months ago #50432 by fefenic
My cancer has gone from a CIS to T2 after 6 weeks of BCG now they are saying BCG w interferon does this make the BCG work better or is this a waste of time? also it will be 3 treatments for 3 hours

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3 years 10 months ago #48244 by sara.anne
Interferon is used with or without BCG usually when BCG alone cannot be given or has failed, and mitomycin A has also not been successful. It has not been proven to be better than BCG. It is also a lot more expensive and probably would not be covered by most insurance unless other better options have failed.

If you are not happy with the treatment you are getting, you should go to a major cancer center such as Memorial Sloan Kettering, Johns Hopkins, MD Anderson, etc.

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
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3 years 10 months ago #48243 by lytestyles
I have read many success stories of BCG with Interferon and more in using just Interferon. My doctor says she doesn't "do" Interferon. Sounds like your Doc suggested it. How does one find out which Docs and which medical centers provide the Interferon treatment?????

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3 years 10 months ago #48220 by AnneH
Yes, 6 rounds of BCG didn't work I had another tumor which needed to be removed. So I said to my Doctor guess it BCG didn't work, his statement to me was well ot didn't progress So it did work. I then asked so are we going to do more BCG he said no, asked why not he said we will just monitor. I believe he didn't have BCG because of the shortage, he also stated you and I should not be surprised if we find another tumor in three months. Two weeks away from cystoscope and I'm really scared.

But he says this is a nuisane cancer . I got a consulate from Moffitt they suggested mitomycin 6 rounds next time.

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3 years 10 months ago #48219 by marleney
Has anyone on the forum had experience with having BCG treatments for 6 weeks and then after a biopsy still having cancer? My doctor is talking about more treatments of BCG but this time mixing it with interferon.

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