Holding BCG For Two Hours

1 year 6 months ago #58547 by BigRIJoe
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I'm being treated with BCG for a recurring bladder cancer. I had trouble holding the first treatment for 2 hours the first time, but did. Today I had to pee 20 minutes before the two hours was up. Is that bad? Any tips on how to prepare to successfully hold the BCG for two hours?
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1 year 6 months ago #58548 by sara.anne
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That really isn't a problem. You should have been told to "hold it for as long as you could or for up to 2 hours. I could usually make it to about 1.5 hours by crossing my fingers and my legs!!

Be sure that you don't overload on liquids for about 12 hours before....but you are doing fine.

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
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1 year 6 months ago #58549 by Regor
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My best Lesson Learned, do not lay on your stomach.

BCG makes me so tired that I will set a timer for 15 minutes and sleep, wake up, roll a 1/4 turn, reset the alarm and sleep for 15 minutes. I can this for 2 hours.

Also, after catheter insertion, have they drained any residual urine? The catheter will drain more from your bladder than the human body.

TURBT Jan 2019; Diag: CIS
Induction BCG (Mar 19) /Maint BCG (Aug 19)
TURBT Nov 2019; Diag: CIS
Repeat Induction BCG - Jan 2020 Complete
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1 year 6 months ago #58550 by BigRIJoe
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Regor, they haven't drain my bladder before insertion. I'm going to suggest it next week

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1 year 6 months ago #58551 by BigRIJoe
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Sarah thank you for taking the time to chime in. Your work on this site is a GodSend. You've helped me in so many ways by yopur knowledge and encouragement I'm unable to count them. Thanks again

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1 year 6 months ago - 1 year 5 months ago #58552 by Alan
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I had 6 treatments, 6 off then 6 more. By 9, 10,11,12 I wasn't able to hold it for more than 60, then 45 then 30 minutes. You just do what you can do. You will do fine.

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.
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