We all wlcome you here and please follow the advice you have been given by these fine people. They are not doctors... and they don't play Dr on TV, but they are giving you good advice indeed.
A qualified urologist will find the source of blood. And at your age you have a very low chance of it being bladder cancer. But you gotta make sure!
Thank you for coming to this site and I hope we helped you out. And I also hope you do NOT have Bladder cancer.
Thanks for visiting..... I hope your visit is very short and you can get on with your life ..... It's all waiting for you.
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8 years 2 months ago - 8 years 2 months ago#42606by mmc
Just checking in with you to see if you have your appointment with a urologist scheduled yet?
We don't need to know the time, just that you have it scheduled.
Let us know after you see the urologist and he/she takes a peak with the cystoscope.
We are all going to be keeping our fingers crossed that it is not bladder cancer but you NEED to find that out right away. Could be lots of things but this is NOT one of those things where you just wait and see if it goes away by itself.
Once you have the appointment set, relax and know that you are on the path to figuring it out and fixing it and that there is nothing else you need to do or worry about. The time to worry is when you don't act. Until then...one step in front of the other.
I was about to post the same thing as Sara Anne when I saw she had already done so. Please ask your doctor for a referral to a urologist.
He/she will look inside your bladder by doing a cystocopy which inserts a small camera through the uretha into the bladder. I know that sounds horrifying hearing it for the first time (I know I thought so), but it is generally only mildly uncomfortable and not painful for most women. I can only speak for myself on that, but as part of my followup I have them every six months now, and every three months for the first almost two years after my surgery. My urologist uses numbing gel and mine have never been painful (slightly embarrassing the first time). Don't let that keep you from getting this thoroughly checked and correctly diagnosed.
I hate to generalize, but most non-urologist doctors are not bladder specialists and your age may tend to make them take it less seriously than they should. Please feel welcome to post questions, worries, etc. here whenever you feel the need.
Best wishes... Catherine
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TURBT 1/21/10 at age 55
Dx: T2aN0M0 Primary Bladder Adenocarcinoma
Partial Cystectomy 2/25/10
Vanderbilt Medical Center
You certainly do NOT need to apologize for posting on the Forum!! We are all here because we needed help with questions and couldn't seem to get the answers anywhere else.
You should make an appointment with a urologist ASAP. Any time there is unexplained blood in your urine, that is where you need to go.
There are multiple conditions that could cause this, and it is important to figure out what your cause is and get it treated. Bladder cancer is very uncommon in someone of your age, but it does happen. And there are many other causes, all of which will benefit from early diagnosis and treatment. Please see a qualified urologist soon and start getting answers.
Best of luck to you
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BCG; BCG maintenance
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