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Shortage of BCG?

3 months 1 week ago #59557 by Regor
My provider has BCG, but due to COVID, won't be treating right now.

TURBT Jan 2019; Diag: CIS
Induction BCG (Mar 19) /Maint BCG (Aug 19)
TURBT Nov 2019; Diag: CIS
Repeat Induction BCG - Jan 2020 Complete

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3 months 1 week ago #59551 by sara.anne
There has been a recurring shortage of BCG for several years now. Here is a thread on the Forum that discusses this

https://bladdercancersupport.org/forum/8-non-invasive-superficial-bladder-cancer-questions-and-comments/47143-looking-for-bcg.html

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
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3 months 1 week ago #59550 by busaman
Is BCG really in short supply? My insurance approved it but the Uro says it takes a long time to get the BCG.

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3 months 1 week ago #59549 by Alan
Probably not compromised yet. If the TURB was May, normally you need to wait at least 4 weeks and my URO waited 6 weeks to start as you need to heal inside before instilling this agent.

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.

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3 months 1 week ago #59546 by busaman
I was supposed to start my BCG treatments but my uro's office keeps telling me they are trying to find BCG because there is a shortage. Is this right? I had my resection in May and a bladder biopsy in June. Am I being furhter compromised by this delay?

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