The irritation caused by the BCG on the bladder lining does cause pieces of it to slough off and this shows up as small pieces of matter and blood for about a day after each treatment. SOMEWHERE in all that mess, one would expect that there might be a cancer cell or two!
The purpose of the BCG is to pump up the immune response in the bladder so that should a cancer cell develop the tissues would reject it as they would any other foreign material.
You are doing great!!
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
I have been doing chemo (Mitomycin) for 8 weeks and yes, I have been seeing "bad cells" in the form of small pieces of tissue floating around in the pee. Most of the time 2-3 days after treatment. Sometimes together with blood. I am not sure about BCG, but I guess it would be about the same, even if BCG works in a different way than antibiotics.
You will pee them out but I don't think you will be able to see them!! You might see a little blood but that is nothing to worry about. Just follow your doctors instructions and you will be good to go. Let us know how it goes.
This might sound like a strange question… if the BCG 6 week chemo treatments kill the "bad cells" that sit on my sub-floor… do I pee them out? and if so should I be looking for something? I go back in tomorrow for my 2nd round… and I will ask them as well - hope I remember too.
1-15 Cauterized for clotting
2-15 Removal of Right Kidney and Lymph node