Radiation is not the treatment of choice for bladder cancer although there have been some clinical trials using it. The problem with radiation is that it often does a lot of damage to the surrounding tissue so that as the old saying goes, “the cure is worse than the cause.” I know of several cases where radiation was tried and failed. Then the radiation damage to the bladder was such that necessary bladder surgery was extremely difficult. You certainly wouldn’t try it for mom-invasive bladder cancer. While there are still some trials going on, I, for one, wouldn’t choose it.
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
Thanks again Alan. I am dealing with my PCP for the other issues. Although my Urologist/surgeon who did my TURBT is highly regarded as a surgeon it seems that everything else goes through his PAs. My PCP is up to speed and reacts quickly. He noticed on my blood work last week that my blood sugar was 147 where right before surgery it was 90. He sent me for some follow up labs to make sure there isn’t any issue.
A couple of quick questions. Is radiation ever done on a bladder that is non muscle invasive? And visa versa with a muscle invasive bladder is radiation ever chosen instead of removal of the bladder?
Metastatic cancer simply doesn't move that fast. As mentioned in one of my prior posts I too was worried about every pain and ache for several months after my first DX. Your CT scan should have ruled out any other involvement. The body and mind can cause a host of problems when it races. IF you still have serious doubts, start with your URO by asking more questions on what they think, then possibly a second opinion.
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.
Somebody test my rationale. If there was spread of cancer to other parts that aligned to the perceived pains, swollen and aches that I have then something would have been potentially identified on my CT scan. Since most symptoms started post diagnosis minus the original urination issues. Sorry to ask you to play psychologist.