I've had a CT Scan that appeared to be normal but blood clotting and persistent bleeding are frequent. I know my docs are looking for cancer and I'm scared stiff. I'm wondering if you have any advice and experience as to whether the increase in bleeding and clotting is a further indication of cancer and if so, what type. Bleeding started about 18 months ago and was sporadic but it has been fairly steady for the last month. I am having a cystoscopy on Thursday but now they are trying to see me earlier. Should I be scared? Is this a strong indication that cancer is present?
Any advice whether negative or not, or reassurances would be most helpful.
I am sorry about your situation and I am hoping the docs soon will finding a cause of the bleeding. Blood in urine should always be checked up. It could be a kidney infection, a bladder or kidney stone, an UTI, an enlarged prostate, one of some Kidney diseases, other things, or bladder cancer. You can´t really tell from the amount of blood how likely it is that it is cancer. Blood clotting is not an indication of cancer. If you bleed, you always also have blood clotting. An increase in bleeding and clotting is not a further indication of cancer and even IF it is cancer, it does not tell you anything about the type of cancer.
Most of times, bladder tumors shows up on a CT scan. It is a god thing that you soon will have a cystoscopy. That is the best examination of the bladder you can have.
Do you have any other symptoms beside bleeding?
I do understand that you are scared. But please try to stay calm. I was in your situation two years ago. For me it turned out to be bladder cancer, but low grade. After minor surgery and treatment I am know since one year cancer free.
Thank you for your response, and congratulations on your recovery.
Besides the blood in the urine I am also bleeding from the rectum. This is also spontaneous and not associated with constipation. It just happens. I am having a colonoscopy on the 9th.
As far as other symptoms I have painful urination, frequency, and 'dribbling' - mostly noticed when I wake up. I am now having some pain in the back, on the left side. Stones have been ruled out. I don't have an appetite and would probably weigh less if I wasn't forcing myself to eat.
My brother had cancer of the kidneys. He passed some years ago. It was well established before he became aware of it.
I have had bladder problems for as long as I can remember, about 4 yeas. I was told I had interstitial cystitis but now I am told that it's a catch-all diagnosis.
I also have pain. Any pressure, sitting, standing, bending, all put pressure on the perennial floor. It's very tender down there. Most recently, UTI ruled out. Last week I couldn't move for the pain. Heat helped.
This is all speculation I know. I just heard that they are moving the cystoscopy up. I'll post the findings. I've done some research - who hasn't - and I seem to have about all the symptoms. I should just wait and see. I am also waiting for cytology results to come back.