My mother 65, lost a lot of weight and was diagnosed with urinal track infections last spring. She was treated accordingly. In May 2006 she presented hematuria. She contacted reluctanly an urologist, and after the cytoscopy got the diagnose bladder-cancer. In July she underwent TUR, a huge tumor was removed. She got intravestical chemotherapy after the operation. I do not know hoew many times. They also made a scan for methastasis. My father happily announced: Not invasive. The patologist report arrived in late July with the diagosis that there was muscle invasion. My mom was to have a checkup in September but it was moved to August. I tried to ask my parents, both mom and dad separetaly about the situation, the answer was and has been since that they do not dicuss it.
I know so much that the checkup in august was negative, no recurrence. Ok so far so good, but after that it has been silence. They have forbidden the doctor to tell me the situation. At the moment I do not even know if she has aný form of treatment. I only know that she was to have a check-up again in december, but i do not know the outcome of it. My father is 67 in good health and active. But he has become forgetful, unconcentrated and on. My mom is keeping him on a leach, not letting him even meet me privately. When I ask about the situation and how they feel He says Great. But I have a feeling that this is only a fasade that is kept up. And I am wondering what kinds of treatments she get and has. What kind of medications she has to take and so on, Or could it just be, that she does not take any. I feel very lost in this situation.
I also worry about the weight-loss she suffered from previously, she has gained a bit , but not much. And i have read that this is an indication of occult metastasis (?)
I have no idea about the stage or grade of the bc. I understand is has to be T2 if invasive, but the grade, is it true that T2 usually is grade 3 or heigher???? And what is the recurrence rate for this type of cancer, and the probablility of micro metastasis, not found when diagnosed? And´how long can the micrometastasis stay inactive and are there any symptoms when they occur?
I have been on this website, and i have gotten a lot of useful information from all your inputs , and i do wonder if there is anybody out there who would know something about a situation like this. All knowledge easies the pain and the sufferings.