Obviously, recurrences are not good. Trying another agent has its merits. At the same time, BCG sometimes has been done with interfuron added on recurrences. Ask further probing questions of why your URO prefers one or the other? I have to admit, I don't know what I'd do as both applications are good. Perhaps someone with more experience will chime in.
Another possibility is a second opinion.
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.
Hi Sara Anne, I had the TRBT about 9 months ago for gross bleeding in bladder. . Then did the 6 weeks of BCG. My urologist said the bladder looked ok after the cystoscope. I asked about doing the maintenance BCG but he said we don't do it that way. Had the cystoscope 3 months later and it looked fishy so I got the urinalysis. That came back suspect so we did the biopsy. The biopsy came back with CIS. Would you do the BCG again or Gemcitabine like the urologist wants to do now. Not a good situation now. I'm thinking BCG myself. Thank you much, Duhhawaiian
Update: Had my 3 month cystoscopy and cytology test and both were negative for cancer! Now I'll start my next round of maintenance BCG....#'s 16,17 & 18 for me.
The Dr did see some inflammation in the bladder from the BCG. So far I've tolerated the BCG well. Hopefully that will continue. It's amazing how BCG can work to stimulate your own body to get rid of CIS in the bladder. I'll never complain about any minor side effects from BCG. Definitely worth it!