BCG is a modified tuberculosis bacteria preparation that is instilled into the bladder to stimulate the immune system so that it can reject the cancer cells. It can be very effective in high grade bladder cancer that has not spread beyond the bladder lining. If I remember correctly, yours is muscle invasive, so BCG would not be used in your case.
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
My husband was diagnosed with an adenocarcinoma bladder cancer-- muscle invasive.
Do you know the type of tumor you are dealing with? size of tumor (cm)?
Urothelial carcinoma. Urothelial carcinoma (or UCC) accounts for about 90% of all bladder cancers. ...
Squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cells develop in the bladder lining in response to irritation and inflammation. ...
In my husband's case surgery is the only option with chemo.
We have been to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL.
Thank you for the information. I will look at the link you sent so that I am better prepared when I go see the surgeon next week. Any additional info that you can share that you think would be helpful in making my decision would be much obliged.