Due to the BCG shortage, my provider has made a decision to replace BCG treatment for some patients with Gemzar.
Here are the definition of both:
BCG: is used for BC as an Immunotherapy, applied directly into the bladder, and it forces the body's own immune system to attack the cancer cells.
Gemcitabine (Gemzar): Is a Chemo, that yes, can be used for BC as an Immunotherapy, applied directly into the bladder, however, Gemcitabine attacks the cancers cells themselves, and doesn't rely on the bodies immune system to do the attacking.
I can't recall exactly however I believe I have read over the years a couple of posters complaining about hair loss possibly from the BCG. If it is a cause it is unusual. As always, I would let my medical team know about every symptom and side effect.
DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.