Follow up treatment ten years on

7 months 3 weeks ago #60484 by FarRed
Replied by FarRed on topic Follow up treatment ten years on
Shacky73--sorry I didn't see your post, and I imagine by now you already had to make a decision.  There are so many factors, it's difficult to make a recommendation.  In my case, I had two options, the second with three sub-options.  First TB treatment, which had a 40 percent recurrence rate--sounds bad.  The second was remove the bladder--5-10 percent chance of recurrence.  The 2nd, though safer, has several negative side effects since the also remove the prostate--incontinence and sex issues.  If you still need advice, feel free to reply back.

Age: 50
Bladder cancer diagnosed Mar, 2010.
Robotic assisted laproscopic cystoprostatectomy with Studer neo-bladder, 2010.
UMC Tucson

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 year 9 months ago #58708 by Shacky73
Replied by Shacky73 on topic Follow up treatment ten years on
I could be facing surgery at some point. Would you recommend the neobladder?

T1 Grade 3 with CIS

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 year 9 months ago #58707 by FarRed
Replied by FarRed on topic Follow up treatment ten years on
Thanks for the details. Neo-bladders seems to stress kidneys already for a couple reasons, so don't need more. I saw my doc in October and we agreed to a five tear follow-up. Frankly, with my family history, I feel I'm in the sights for any type of cancer.

Age: 50
Bladder cancer diagnosed Mar, 2010.
Robotic assisted laproscopic cystoprostatectomy with Studer neo-bladder, 2010.
UMC Tucson

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 year 9 months ago #58705 by Shacky73
Replied by Shacky73 on topic Follow up treatment ten years on
Being in the imaging business (I am not a physician) CT’s have two areas to minimize risk:

Radiation exposure
Contrast media stress on kidneys

As we get older the radiation exposure becomes less important and the contrast media becomes more important. Each time you are injected with contrast media it has an effect on your kidneys. You hear radiation exposure is cumulative well so is contrast media exposure on kidneys.

So one reason to avoid too many CT’s is to minimize impact on the kidneys.

T1 Grade 3 with CIS

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

2 years 5 days ago #58335 by sara.anne
Replied by sara.anne on topic Follow up treatment ten years on
Congratulations on your long long no-cancer time!! Please remember that we are NOT doctors here, just fellow patients.

My guess would be that after 10 years you are pretty safe. When bladder cancer returns after a radical cystectomy it is usually because it had already started to metastasize prior to the surgery. And sometime within the next five years or so the mets become obvious. The longer you go without, the safer you should be.

That being said, it is a good idea to see your urologist annually, especially for your peace of mind. I have NOT had a cystectomy.....just BCG for high grade CIS...and am now 11 years out. My urologist does a CT-urogram every five years (he includes me in his "thinking" and showed me the current "best practice" guidelines for urology when I resisted because of the amount of radiation.)

You should have a serious discussion with your urologist...maybe seek a second opinion on this. As I mentioned, CT scans give off a LOT of radiation and are not something to be taken often unless there is a good reason.

Again, congrats on a battle well-won!!

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
Forum Moderator

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

2 years 5 days ago #58333 by Alan
Replied by Alan on topic Follow up treatment ten years on
Only my opinion as I have not had to do a cystectomy. You are probably out of the woods but, for my $$$ I would at least do a cytology even with many false positives. If positive do more tests. I presume a cystoscope is still valid with a neobladder? The jury is still out on the radiation exposure in CT scans. Maybe every 2 years? As you were stage 1 that means you probably killed this all off.

If you have any doubt by all means get the extra tests.

Thanks for sharing. We all learn from each other and I presume others will chime in.

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.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

Moderators: Cynthiaeddieksara.anne