Mother Recently Diagnosed with Bladder Tumor

8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #42771 by kaeley
We found out the other day that my mother has a tumor on her bladder. Of course I've been driving myself crazy reading bladder cancer advocacy and information sites. From what I understand, most tumors that are found on the bladder turn out to be cancerous. I did read that usually these tumors can just be sliced off of the bladder lining and removed completely, resulting in the cancer being eliminated - that is *if* the tumor is discovered early. My mother has many health problems (she is disabled and in chronic pain and has severe nerve damage), so her doctors have been attributing her complaints about any urinary tract problems (she's been complaining about symptoms for over a year) to her other problems. A couple of months ago she began peeing liters of pure blood... way too much to be a UTI. From what I've read, this is one of the main symptoms of bladder cancer, and in the event it is cancer, seeing blood in the urine indicates an advanced stage??? Needless to say, I'm incredibly concerned. I guess I just wanted to vent somewhere and am hoping for more information/advice from others who've had similar experiences. I've really just told my husband. My mother doesn't even know the details or statistics... she just knows she's having a tumor removed a week from wednesday. Thanks for reading. I wish I could go to her doctor with her. She's so out of it sometimes, I don't thinks she knows what questions to ask or fully understands what they tell her.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

-kelly

I should add: my mother is in her 60s and was a 3-pack a day smoker for 20+ years. she quick smoking about 5 years ago.

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8 years 9 months ago #42772 by upnorth
Replied by upnorth on topic Mother Recently Diagnosed with Bladder Tumor
Kelly,

Sorry to her about your mother, and wished you didn't have to go through this.

Lets see if I can help you out a little. First off most tumors in the bladder are "not" cancerous, and the only way to know that is to have the tumor, or a part of tumor removed and sent to a pathologist to be checked.

Blood in the urine is "not" always a sign of advanced cancer. I had large amounts of blood in my urine and I am Low Grade, Non-Invasive. (Witch is good) They removed the tumor, witch in my case was cancerous, buy doing a TURBT (TransUrethral Resection of Bladder Tumor). This is a small flexible tube that has a camera and a wire loop that can cut the tumor off so it can be checked. This is a very common surgery done in a hospital by her Urologist.

I agree you should try and be at any appointment that your mother is having. She will need someone to take notes and help her ask questions. Please try and remain as clam as you can until you get the pathology results back telling you if it really is cancer or not.

Feel free to ask us any questions you need help with. We will doare best to help you out.

By the way what area are you located in. We may know of a good Cancer Center to refer you to.

Mark

Age 55
Diagnosed BC 12/20/2011 Ta No Mo 0a Non-Invasive At age 48
"Please don't cry because it is over..... Smile because it happened!" {Dr. Seuss} :)

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8 years 9 months ago #42773 by kaeley
Mark,

Thank you so much for your response and thank you for correcting any misinformation I've obtained. My parents live in central FL (I am in Miami). I want to find out as much information (that is accurate) as possible so we know what to expect and know our options. My mother has always had an irrational fear of cancer, so to actually be faced with a realistic possibility of her having it is... surreal. Her brother died of cancer about 15 years ago.

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8 years 9 months ago #42775 by kaeley
Also, my mother currently has to catheterize herself in order to urinate. This has been going on for about a year now. She started having difficulty urinating about 1.5 - 2 years ago. Her doctors attributed this to nerve damage from a back surgery she had a few years ago.

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8 years 9 months ago #42779 by upnorth
Replied by upnorth on topic Mother Recently Diagnosed with Bladder Tumor
Kelly.

Here is a link to a very good site that will help you understand some of the process.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0032729/

Cancer is not hereditary, but if they both lived similar life styles, they both have the same risk level.

I do not have to cath as of yet, but many of our other members do, and can help her far better than I can. They will be on soon to help.

Please be careful of what information you find on the Inter-Net. We will try and give you more reliable Web sites to use. The American Cancer Society is one of them.

There are cancer centers in Florida, so if it dose turn out to be cancer you will have good care available to you.

Mark

Age 55
Diagnosed BC 12/20/2011 Ta No Mo 0a Non-Invasive At age 48
"Please don't cry because it is over..... Smile because it happened!" {Dr. Seuss} :)

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8 years 9 months ago #42798 by DougG
Kelly,

Is there someone who can go to the doctor with your mother and take notes to share with you since you do not live nearby?

Hope your mother's surgery goes well next week.

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