Sorry I didn't answer sooner, but I haven't been here recently.
In the 13 years I have been doing battle with high grade bladder cancer including CIS, I have never had a positive cytology. It's a good test, but one can't be lulled into complacency with a negative test.
With regard to how quickly bladder cancer can develop, my follow up biopsies just a few months after BCG for CIS were positive for high grade papillary carcinoma with invasion of the lamina propria. I wasted no time getting my bladder out before I developed invasive disease.
That being said, there's no indication that you have bladder cancer, but I had problems with kidney stones during all my treatments, so the best thing to do is follow up appropriately with the cystoscopy.
I hope by now you've had it done and it was negative for cancer.
TaG3 + CIS 12/2000. TURB + Mitomycin C (No BCG)
Urethral stricture, urethroplasty 10/2009
CIS 11/2010 treated with BCG. CIS 5/2012 treated with BCG/interferon
T1G3 1/2013. Radical Cystectomy 3/5/2013, No invasive cancer. CIS in right ureter.
Incontinent. AUS implant 2/2014. AUS explant 5/2014
Hudsongrl,The ct scan I had was first time I had tumors about 7 or 8 years ago. I think the ct scanners are much better now. I have had many tumors since then, I have never made it to yearly check ups.
Al. I had urinalysis done and it came back negative every time, ct scan showed nothing. Cystoscopy showed 5 tumors. And ultrasound showed 5 tumors and a large stone in my left kidney! I currently I have a cluster of 3 tumors, 3 months ago I was checked and I was clean. So it is possible for BC to grow that fast. And the urinalysis sometimes show false negative or false positive results. Alan is right, if everything shows clear for BC then it probably the stone which they can do a lithotripsy on to get rid of it. Or you are just one of those people that has blood in their urine for no reason
I to go in for surgery March 4 to remove these tumors! Good luck on your check up!!!!
Hi there. When you had the CT scan of the kidney, the bladder would also be imaged. The entire abdomen is typically viewed.
Another cystoscopy is prudent, but it would seem unlikely this is bladder cancer with all your negative tests.
My husband had malignant cells in urine and his tumor was visible on both ultrasound and CT.