sorry to hear that your dad has bladder cancer. It is scary, but know that there is a community hear that will listen and offer up any advice or help they can!
The good news is that your dad's cancer is a good type of cancer of the bladder, if that makes sense. Meaning very treatable with good long term results. The not so good news is that it has a good chance of recurrence. But again, if caught early very treatable! So, the follow up plan is imperative and needs to be followed to the T. He needs to go to all the scheduled cystoscopies as they are the best tool to catch any recurrences as soon as possible!
Like your father's doctor has already suggested...... 3 months, 3 months, 6 months, 6 months, 9 months, 9 months, annually annually annually!! Very important to get it done.
Good luck, prayers, stay in touch and keep us updated! STAY STRONG!
11/06/18: DX Ta - low grade non-invasive TCC
07/07/20: Recurrence. TURBT (in proc)
Doc was shocked that the initial was low-grade - 40yr plus smoker, recovering drug addict and alcoholic.
On the second TURBT, she found a tumor that was not seen the first time round, hidden up high on the dome of my bladder.
Prolly had been there longer???? So more time to transform from low to high.
I've had major hypospadius repair surgeries since childhood so there was some difficulty in viewing the entire bladder the first go round. Luckily the OR tech for the second round was the same one as the first, Doc & Tech were able to remember the moves they did and repeated (doc provided visual ques of pushing and shoving) to better visualize the bladder.
I am grateful they found the second tumor as I started in on treatment.
Thanks. Of course I’m reluctantly optimistic. Any idea why yours changed to high grade after 6 weeks??? That’s scary but sounds like you are doing ok. We see the doc on Wednesday so I’m sure we will have a better idea then. Thanks for your response.