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Has any one been "zap" for reacurance?

11 years 6 months ago #5710 by kpindy
Thanks Joe for your info. It was a shock for a few days. But I'm back to normal now. Just a little set back emotionally.
Kim

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11 years 6 months ago #5658 by wendy
Joe, I'm pretty sure you're referring to being cauterized after a resection (cutting). Also referred to as fulguration. This leaves room for a good biopsy while laser removal doesn't.
Wendy

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11 years 6 months ago #5650 by mrjoeo
Kim:

I originally had a single small low grade TA tumor removed. On my 3 month scope he saw something and took it out for biopsy and "Zapped" me after he took it out to stop the bleeding. Turned out to be nothing. Then just recently on my 9 month scope he saw a "Small red irregular area" and he also cut that out and "Zapped" me afterwards to stop any bleeding. This unfortunately was my first reoccurrence but it was also superficial low grade. I go back in 3 months. Not sure if refer to "Zapping" as to stop the bleeding after he takes something out or to remove the tumor by "Zapping" without a biopsy. I had biopsies on everything he took out...

Joe

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11 years 6 months ago #5645 by kpindy
Hi Wendy
My first one was grade 1 and 2 the tumor was 2 cm in size. That was removed May 06.
Yes, this is the first reacurance. The BCG ended last June mid July some where around that time.
Thanks for the info.
Kim

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11 years 6 months ago #5643 by wendy
Hi,

I've met a lot of folks that are zapped in the office for small recurrences. The rationale is that it saves the bladder unnecessary wear and tear, no biopsies are done and no resection/cutting. It's only used in cases where there are small, single, low grade tumors=the doctor can tell if it's low grade especially if he/she knows for sure that's what the patient has had in the past. When there is the slightest doubt, pathology is needed, and laser removal of bladder tumors makes pathology impossible.

You mention that you had BCG, do you know what the original diagnosis, stage and grade, was? Was this your first recurrence since finishing BCG?

All the best,
Wendy

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11 years 6 months ago #5642 by kpindy
I went Tuesday for my last three month check. He found a pin point size turmor. And he zap it in the office. So I did not make it to six months checks. I go back in 4 months and he will see how things are and might do another round of bgc.
I had some cramping that night and still some today.
Just wanted to know if any one had been zap.
kpindy

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