Rob...thats not exactly a complete path report but if its a grade 3 and with squamous cell features you're in a rare percentage. Here's an article by G. David Steinberg ..well known in the blc world... www.emedicine.com/med/TOPIC2344.HTM
You have a lot of questions to ask this doctor and truly i would seek one out that has lots and lots of experience in this field for another opinion. I'm not sure where you are located as i can't completely figure this forum out yet.
Thats report is a little short on info,, maybe stage 3 T-3?? His recommendation is?? Muscle invasive, I would imagine, if this is the case, don't panic, although interesting enough today is one year that my husband was diagnosed, stage 3 T-2. I would get a seond opinion, have another turb at a major cancer hospital, and go from there. By the way my husband just got home from work and he has the outside bag after his r/c, he is 67. So its going to be okay, you need more info, and we need to know it to help you more,, don't panic,,,Rob,, take care Ginger
pat, i live in seattle washington --i know information is thin but i'm trying to get as proactive as i can -- and trying not to freak out too much -- thank you for the article - any and all info helps rob
had a feeling that they might ask for a cat scan to narrow things down...that's what happened to me after my first TURB... not sure what the 3 out of 3 means... never heard that from my doc... my original diagnosis was similar though i believe, stage two. went through six rounds of chemo and the cancer changed into a different kind... more invasive and they did an RC on me about three months ago (i have a UCLA pouch, my doc was one of the developers of that procedure).. a second opinion is certainly good advice, but if your doc is really on top of his game, he'll get a second opinion himself (mind did) after your cat scan. the main thing is to know that you're going to get through this. i'm pretty new to posting on this site, but it seems like a great bunch of people with a lot of good info. any questions i can answer or encouragement i can offer is yours any time you ask... i know how hard it is, but try as best you can not to get too many steps ahead of yourself, as it'll only make you crazy (i know this from personal experience).. be well, and let us know the results of the cat scan... best wishes... mark
thank you ginger -- i don't have a stage/grade yet -- the "squamous cell features" i find really disturbing -- and i'm having a hard time locating any info about that on this new site -- thank you so much again rob