I am new to this board and am also a vet. Served with the 101st in 68/69 throughout most of Nam except the Delta. In 05 I was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had a radical cystectomy. The first operation was a TUR but the pathology came back that they were not certain that they were able to remove all of the cancer but the greatest concern was they were not sure if the cancer had left the lining of the bladder.
My Doc told me that if this pathology was given to 100 other Urologists they would agree that the best bet is to remove the bladder. We scheduled a surgery date and 9 hours in surgery I came out a changed man – so to speak.
The pathology report came back that the cancer had been removed by the TUR and had not left the lining of the bladder. I filed a claim with the VA regarding Agent Orange and it was accepted. My prostate also had the beginning of cancer and they felt the two were connected.
Due to the Stage (0) of the cancer I did not have any other treatment. Do I regret the decision – not damn one bit.
I have lived my whole life around a Marine Corps military installation. About 15 years ago, a local man who was retired from the Marines was diagnosed as a victim of Agent Orange. I remember that he had cancer, but it seems to me that it was a throat cancer.
I recently ran in to his daughter at my office and inquired about her father. She said, "My Dad is doing great."
I hope you will keep us posted.
Age - 55
T1 G3 - Tumor free 2 yrs 3 months
Dx January 2006
The bladder is extremely sensitive to enviromental toxins. Still, many people who were exposed do not get bladder cancer, and many non-smokers get it as well. I feel it's the combination of a genetic weakness or pre-disposition coupled with exposure to toxins that overload the immune system. It's been shown that a low grade, superficial bladder tumor can disappear without treatment; this must be the immune system starving the tumor, or something like that.
Do you know of other fellow vets that have come down with bladder cancer? I will have a quick look over at Medline.