On Monday Feb 10 I had my second TURB performed at University of Iowa Hospital. Dr. assistant called today to say there were no anomalies, and the tumor did not advance into the muscle tissue. Starting Monday February 2nd I have 6 consecutive weeks of BCG treatments scheduled. Looks like I am moving forward with the treatments I have been hoping for. Thank You All for your words of encouragement. Greg
According to my new urologist, The U of I employs a relatively new procedure where, during the Turb, they can use a special light that will highlight cancer cells. It was all Greek to me, but sounded good anyway.
That is really good news. A second TURB is often done when there is any question at all about the results of the first or when muscle tissue is not present. This has been shown to increase the accuracy of the diagnosis significantly. When I had my first TURB the path report showed low grade papillary and some "areas of unspecific irritation." My urologist decided to do a second TURB with special attention to the dubious areas which turned out to be CIS. I am certainly glad that he did!!!
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Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society