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  • Side Effects of BCG

    Posted by KCBob on November 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I was diagnosed with Stage 0 High Grade cancer in July. The doctor removed 3 tumors – one in the bladder, one at the mouth of the bladder and the third in the uretha. I completed my 6 weeks of BCG about 3-1/2 weeks ago. I have not had any blood since then. I have noticed that the first sign that I need to urinate is pain in the bladder. If I must wait then the pain gets pretty intense. I also have a difficult time emptying the bladder. I usually feel that I need to go more but it is not easy to get rest out. Sometimes if I push on my bladder, which doesn’t feel real good, I can get to the point where I know I am finished. Are these usual side effects and would they be going on this long after the last BCG?

    Michstate89 replied 13 years, 7 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Michstate89

    November 22, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Sounds like symptoms of prostatitis (happens to me after BCG). But the doctor has to eliminate all other causes first, as I believe prostatitis is diagnosed by process of elimination.


    Ross M
    TaG1 March 06
    Recurrence Jan 07
    BCG Maintenance after 6 week treatment
  • Guest
    November 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Agree with Alan..way too many symptoms lasting too long after last BCG treatment. Here’s one of the best papers written on BCG and side effects and what should be reported.

  • Alan

    November 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm


    3 1/2 weeks after a round of 6 BCG and pain is unusual. Call your URO-after all that is why you are paying him. It could possibly be a urinary tract infection among other possibilities.

    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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