A second TURB should be done if there is any question raised by the results of the first or if there were extensive
tumors. It is not always necessary. In my case, the first one showed low grade papillary tumors, but the path report also noted "areas of irritation." My urologist chose to do a second TURB and concentrate on these uncertain areas. Turned out they were CIS which is high grade. I am so grateful that he did!!!
As for the statistics and BCG, you can find pretty much any number you want!!! I have usually read about 70%.
As you can see, it is well worth doing.
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
8 months 3 weeks ago - 8 months 3 weeks ago#54952by Alan
Yes, 37 is relatively young to be DX'd. As far as non smoking, I never smoked either and I have read that maybe as much as 60% of bladder cancer has probabilities as causation. BCG? Yes, it statistically helps the majority of us beat this. There are many different protocols that have been done but, it is proven to be effective. Ask away during this journey. I am sure the shock hasn't worn off! Take one day at a time. Ask away on anything.
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.