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CT scan, standard procedure?!

4 months 6 days ago #59165 by sara.anne
Urine cytology tests are notorious for giving false positive results (indicating the presence of cancer when there is none.) While there is always concern that the cancer has returned, most urologists put the patient back on a 3 month return schedule and monitor it closely before doing a TURB

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4 months 1 week ago #59164 by Shacky73
CT is pretty standard. I have had 2 since my diagnosis last June.

It provides a wealth of information and early scan can provide baseline for future imaging.

T1 Grade 3 with CIS

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4 months 1 week ago #59142 by frannie72
CT scan came back normal but urine cytology is abnormal so they want to do a bladder biopsy and run a couple other tests. Is the concern a recurrence?

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4 months 2 weeks ago #59121 by sara.anne
A CT-urogram is common practice with bladder cancer patients. I have had no sign of bladder cancer for almost 12 years now (stay tuned for my 12-year checkup in a week) and my urologist does a CT-urogram every five years just to be sure that nothing has slipped by. I do NOT want a CT since it does expose you to quite a bit of radiation, but my urologist got out several papers and the current bladder cancer guidelines for me to read and so I have agreed to this.

Your husband's doctor doesn't suspect anything but needs to make sure.

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4 months 2 weeks ago - 4 months 2 weeks ago #59115 by frannie72
My husband is about 1 1/2 years into treatment (dx 8/18). So far, so good. He had a clean cystoscopy last week, next round of BCG in May after another cystoscopy in early May. Today he told me they called him in for a CT scan with contrast, they "wanted to look at his kidneys and ducts." Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go so I haven't found out why they wanted to do this. If the cysto was clean, why the CT scan? Are they concerned of metastases? We will have results on Monday.

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