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BCG shortage

4 months 2 weeks ago #57736 by Momar
I knew waiting to heal was true for BCG treatments, but I was under the impression that with chemo it needed to be started ASAP.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #57735 by Momar
Thank you.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #57733 by sara.anne
Merck, the company whose subsidiary produces BCG, has stated that they think the supplies will be back to normal by September. Unfortunately, BCG is a biological product and there is only one source in the US. This has been a recurring problem.

Gemcitibine is a recommended substitute. And one month is not too long to wait. Doctors want to give the bladder time to heal from the surgical wounds caused by the TURB procedure. Your husband is right on schedule.

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
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4 months 2 weeks ago #57730 by Momar
My husband had a TURBT two weeks ago today. The doctor says BCG isn’t available. Does anyone know where it might be available? His is high grade non invasive. Had two lesions. The doctor didn’t do a chemo wash after the surgery which worries me. We’re due to start Gemcitibine within the week. Seems like too long to wait to start treating. We’re seeing Dr. Guruli at VCU in Richmond. Would love some support.

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