Well that’s good that you won’t have those symptoms any more! I feel like the odds are in your favor for this to be benign! Thanks for the well wishes for my dad! Let’s hope this is a happy ending for you both!
I believe that the procedure that your urologist is planning is a TURB (tranasurethral resection of the bladder) where she will again go in with a small camera (this time while you are under general anesthesia) and remove as much of the tumor as she can...hopefully all. She will also take lots of small samples for pathology exams. When she has the path report she will have a much better idea of the nature of the mass. Your previous urologist should have done this, but you may be fortunate that he didn't since you seem to have picked a much better doctor!
I believe that you said that your previous "exam" was four months ago. In "cancer-time" that is not a horribly long time and the tumor was no doubt present then. The four months should not make a difference in your stage.
A couple of "hints." Urine cytology (checking the urine for cancer cells) is a useful aid, but is not by itself enough for a diagnosis....it is notorious for giving false positive results, indicating cancer when there is none. If abnormal cells are found it just means that more tests...like your biopsy...need to be done. AND it does take a week or so for the path report to come back!!
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I’m sorry! I know this is scary. Any other symptom???? Keep up hope that whatever it is will be benign. My dad has his cystoscopy next week and I’m scared also. I am resting in the fact that all other organs and lymph nodes were normal on the CT: So..if this is a malignancy than hoping it’s confined to a superficial bladder mass. Just trying to stay positive. Please keep us updated.
I saw the Urologist and she’s concerned about the mass. I’m scheduled for a procedure under general anesthesia to have it removed and biopsied.
I’m feeling rather upset. The last cystoscope I had back in July, the prior Urologist didn’t check the whole bladder. He put the scope in and removed it after five seconds just said “Bladder looks fine.”
This Urologist checks the whole bladder taking her time. I’m wondering how long I’ve had this mass. I can’t turn back time but things could have been prevented before symptoms started and things are worse.
I’m happy I have a new Urologist. I guess I’m just confused nothing showed up on the cystoscope back in July. It’s been four months later and I have a good size mass. Can masses grow fast? You said your friend is a urology nurse and said sometimes things are false in imaging. For the past six months of getting ct scans and ultrasounds it always showed something in the right side of the bladder.
I’ll have to see when the urologist reads this imaging what she thinks? Now that it’s a defined mass.
I will be sure to keep you guys posted on what she says or recommends.
I am young which helps the odds but I also know cancer runs heavily in my family.