Hello, My name is Rene and I am writing for my mom. She was diagnosed with bladder cancer insitu two years ago. It was high grade. She had the BCG treatments with good results. She as had periodic cystoscopies and in March noticed some blood in the urine. The March cystoscope was negative. She continued to have hematuria and then two weeks ago had major hematuria. She was scoped on May 29 and one polop (sp) was found. She had the surgery to remove it yesterday and I got the path report today. I am a lab tech at the local hospital so the pathologist asked the doc if I could have it. The results were "high grade invasive urothelial carcinoma". The tumor invades up to the muscularis propria. There is no definitive invasion into the muscularis propria in this biopsy specimen. It has not been graded as I have seen here with the "T". I guess when I speak with the doctor next week we will discuss that. Mom is 74 but in good health otherwise. Right now my heart says to get her to Duke University Med Ctr, which is 40 miles away and have someone yank out the bladder. I need some advice from all of you. I am so thankful to have found you all. Thanks in advance.
I am in NC too...there are great hospitals here...Duke is great, Wake Forest Baptist (where my husband goes), and UNC Chappel Hill...I am sure that the others who are also in NC and will chime in too. Second opinions are ALWAYS best...
I wish you and your mom well,
Caregiver for my Wonderful Husband Angelo, who has Metastatic Bladder Cancer.
Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
Hey Rene, I am here in NC too...I have not switched to a teaching hospital yet. but have friends that BC and they see a group at wake forest baptist hosp. They are very happy there. I think there are others in the forum that are at UNC Chaapel Hill. When I am finished with this round of BCG and if I have a reoccurance I will check out Wake. Duke is good also...we are very lucky in NC to have so many choices...but I agree with Karen about getting a second opinion.
I pray and wish good luck for you and your mother.