Thanks Mike for a detailed reply. I really appreciate your advise.
We had a cystoscopy in coming tuesday with biopsy to check the upstaging. I hope that all goes well.
Had a all clear in first cystoscopy in Nov. Hopefully I pray that all is well this time as well.
Thanks to all members of this forum
You guys are doing a wonderful job
For my last cystoscopy, I took a good look at the equipment. I'd say it's about 1/8 to 3/16" in diameter and flexible - slightly larger than a small, flexible catheter. I found the first cystoscopy rather painful, but insisted on lidocaine (of which they gave me a double dose) on my follow-up cystoscopy. The insertion is not fun, but it's relatively quick, and it's over in no time, and did not have near the pain when they pulled it out. You'll get to know where your prostate is located, as this is the constriction point of the insertion. I'd be sure to request lidocaine for this procedure.
As has been mentioned, urination can be somewhat painful following the cystoscopy. The pain subsides quickly afterward.
A cystoscopy for most guys is an annoyance. Everyone's pain threshold is different. Personally, I call it something pretty uncomfortable and short of real pain as it passes through the prostate. I have told myself it is maybe 15-20 seconds and once it is in the bladder it is less "uncomfortable". The only bad part for me is the first void is usually sharp "razor" blade feeling but, that also was over after voiding.
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.
My understanding of this test is that it is NOT necessarily meant to diagnose bladder cancer, but to suggest which patients who present with hematuria (blood in the urine) do NOT need to be given additional invasive ...ie, TURB....testing. So it diagnoses non-bladder cancer patients. It is relatively new and has recently been approved for this purpose by the FDA.
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society