You are where most of us have been, still looking at the monkey on our back. You are smart to be prepared in any change which is where I am at almost 10 years after DX. First, I have learned to be vigilant but, also to take one day at a time. Who knows what the URO will find upon review after 6 weeks. There is still a good possibility that the BCG will work. Easy for me to say currently however I remind myself who knows?
From all the posts I have followed over the years most folks adapt and quality of life are still pretty good even if they have a cystectomy. I am copying a book mark many of us have saved with the 3 different diversions that are usually offered. If it comes to that, you want a surgeon that has done many of these. That means at least 25-50 a year (I finally read a site that quantified that but cant find it). https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/12546-urinary-reconstruction--diversion
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Let's simply hope it doesn't come to that. Keep posting as well learn from each other.
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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Jan 2014 -- Gross hematuria, cystoscopy discovered a tumor. I had a TURBT then 6 weeks of BCG followed-up by a biopsy. Everything seemed good.
Mar 2016 -- Urine Cytology found atypical cells (not normal) had Bladder Biopsy, Bilateral Ureteral Cystologies w/ Retrograde Pyelogram. Everything seemed good.
Nov 2017 -- Cystoscopy, redness and swelling in the area where tumor was removed, biopsy ordered
Jan 2018 -- I am now starting 6 weeks of BCG as a follow-up treatment after the biopsy.
From the research I've done, and from my discussions with my doctor it seems like there is a high probability that the second course of BCG could fail and that there is a high probability that I will need to have my bladder removed.
I am trying to be prepared and Im trying to prepare my family. Is it probable that I'll lose my bladder? How bad is that and how will it effect my quality of life? When and how do I start the discussion with my loved ones? I don't want to scare them, but I think if they are prepared they will bw less worried. I also think if they know that I'm prepared and that I have been expecting "the worst", they will be desensitised and reconize this as the new normal.