From your description, it appears that this is the most common form of bladder cancer, sometimes referred to as transitional cell or urothelial cell carcinoma. The papillary form is like a small mushroom that extends out into the bladder cavity. Low-grade means that the cells are only slowly dividing, while high-grade means that they are dividing more rapidly and have a higher chance of spreading if not treated. There is a lot of information if you go to our Home Page underBladder Cancer 101.
This form of bladder cancer is highly treatable when found early, as it seems this was. Often a urologist will do a second TURB (the biopsy surgery) to make sure that he/she got all the possible tumor and to be sure of the diagnosis. The urologist may also recommend a form of immunotherapy called BCG which is often highly effective, particularly in the case of high-grade bladder cancer.
As I mentioned above, this type of bladder cancer can be very effectively treated. For example, I was diagnosed with a similar type 14 years ago, received BCG treatments, and have been cancer-free every since!
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
A family member of mine was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer... they were able to remove the entire tumor with surgery and we just received the medical report a few days ago
The doctor said that it did have high grade cells, but that the tumor itself did not invade the muscle lining. The doctor called it a “papillary tumor”.
I was wondering if anyone has had experience with this? Or if this prognosis is a “better” one? Cancer is cancer, but I have seen so many mixed things about bladder cancer being more easily treated— but just was not sure if the “high grade” aspect just... casts a massive dark shadow over it all? Or treatments in general.. etc.
They will be talking with a doctor this week to clarify the original results but it’s just.. been a lot.
Thank you in advance, ive been extremely nervous about it all— trying to stay positive but informed as well..
This forum seems one of great support, and I am wishing everyone in here the best—