It's not the size of a Ta tumor that's important, it's the grade. Low grade is "nuisance" and high grade is potentially dangerous. This year I had two very small tumors, but they were high grade, so BCG+maintenance was recommended. I've heard of people having fairly large noninvasive tumors that were low grade and therefore not considered dangerous. They had the TUR and appropriate follow-up cystos afterwards, and that was that.
Hi, It is not necessarily the size. It is the type of Cancer. Invasive, or non-invasive. Non-invasive means just what it sounds like. It usually stays contained. I understand your frustration, but if you have to have Bladder Cancer...you are luckier than most...I know that doesn't help much, and it is definately not trivial, because you still have to go through what you must. But it is true...
Good Luck to you & Happy Holidays!
Caregiver for my Wonderful Husband Angelo, who has Metastatic Bladder Cancer.
Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
Ross explained it very well -- these superficial, noninvasive tumors, while not life-threatening do make us miserable, especially in circumstances like yours and mine where we have to wait for biopsy results and also go through the pain and discomfort of repeated TURBT's to remove them. Still, we are fortunate that they are indeed "nuisance" vs invasive.
Best wishes for a great Christmas and holiday season,
My first uro used the term "nuisance tumors" all the time - superficial and just a nuisance to have to go through with TURBT's to remove them. They always seem to pop up at the most inopportune times as well.
TaG1 March 06
Recurrence Jan 07
BCG Maintenance after 6 week treatment