My husband's 57. He was diagnosed in May '07 after finding blood in his urine. They removed the tumor at the end of May, only to discover it had spread into the wall of the bladder. Hence, the neobladder surgery in July '07. Overall, he has done well. He is closely monitored. The changes to his vision have all cropped up in the last 2 months, over 4 months since the last chemo. It just seems strange that it would be connected, but the oncologist says it could be. I'm hoping it's completely unrelated to any of this cancer/chemo stuff and just from age (and easily treated). The oncologist thought he might just need glasses.
Thanks to everyone for the information...and especially for listening! This site has been such a blessing as we've journeyed thru this.
Hi JerseyGirl....heres a page on Cisplatin....its been known in a small percentage to cause visual problems...about ll% www.drugs.com/mtm/cisplatin.html
Hope your opthamologist can figure this out.
Wow! Your husband's journey sounds just my my husband's! RC with Indiana pouch 12 months ago, then chemo, then blood clot, then strictures on one urethra. How old is your husband? (mine's an optometrist, that's why I ask)
Thank you. I was inclined to think the same thing. But, as we all know when dealing with cancer/chemo, we find even simple things seem to put the fear into us. Keeping fingers crossed that this is just a simple thing.
My husband also went through chemo but has had no vision problems. Actually, the first thing I thought of when I read your post was the fact that I had had similar vision problems a few years ago and after a trip to the eye doctor discovered I had cataracts! I was "only" 53 at the time, rather young for them, but ended up having both eyes done. Just a thought, since I had similar problems and no idea that cataracts were the problem. Margot and Harry
Hi! My husband underwent neobladder surgery just over 12 months ago. Pathology showed he was stage IV, pT2b, N2, MO. He then did the Gemzar/Cisplatin chemo for 6 cycles, 3 weeks each, from August until January. He has done well (other than a bout with blood clots that they say the chemo caused, and scar tissue causing a stricture on his bladder...but those are all resolving now). All CTs, etc, have shown no recurrence at this point.
In the last 2 months he has noticed a HUGE change in his vision. Harder to see distances, everything he tries to read is blurry. He has an appointment with the eye doctor on Thursday. Our oncologist says it could all just be related to the chemo (but that ended in January and the trouble didn't start til May), that it is not uncommon. Has anyone else experienced vision problems that were related to the chemo, and will it go away? We knew about the "chemobrain" fuzziness, and it is better each day.